These are the results of our latest Beginning Bookbinding series where we shared laughter, creativity, advice and cake! Thank you Stefanie and Jenny for contributions to the latter and everyone for being such great participants.
"I loved every minute - thanks so much!! ""I loved it, I just wish for more time in my life! Your course kept me sane over the past five weeks!""I'm so proud of them [my set of books]. Thank you Edel ."
Next series starts Wednesday, May 10th
The workshop at the Broadway Studio to support Alternative Letchworth - Past and Present turned up even more interesting information about bookbinding than I expected. Chantelle Stephenson's research and work on The Cloisters showed that bookbinding was taught here as early as 1907! More recently, as we know, Letchworth was the home of Douglas Cockerell and Cockerell Marbled Papers before the move to Grantchester and then Barton. It was a special experience using these beautiful papers in such an appropriate location. And, as if to rise to the occasion, the class produced beautiful results. Their speed and ability meant that we could ditch the teaching plan after lunch and everyone was able to add their own creative twist to the traditional finishes.
Fabulous end to 5-week Beginning Bookbinding series including a quarter binding, concertina, case binding and Japanese stab stitch all held together with a matching, lined slipcase.
Some of the collections produced at the Beginning Bookbinding held as part of an in-house Wellness Programme.
"Edel's Beginners Series is an incredibly well structured course and a joy to take. The smart box of books I left with elicit 'oohs and aahs' from everyone who sees them and are a testament to her patient and skilful teaching. The real luxury was to be able to run this course at work. To go straight from keyboard to cutting mat - the same efficient use of time so evident throughout the course itself!"
"This beautifully written blog by Cambridge author Jean Harmeling, captures the essence of a truly illuminating day with Edel Hopkin from EdelHandmadeBooks and Sarah Burles from Cambridge Art Tours. It was a treat to take time out for something so enriching and fun and wonderful to have Sarah share her knowledge and guide us round the 'Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts' exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. Sarah and Edel have forged a great partnership for this but they each offer something unique in their own right too, with workshops and tours throughout the year."
I'm delighted to be invited to take part in 'Making Winter' (British hygge), a creative weekend retreat in the small medieval village of Reach on the edge of the Fens over the weekend of 26/27 November. The aim is to use seasonal creativity, good food, good company and cosiness as an antidote to the grey days of Winter.
As well as a woodburning stove to nestle near to in a beautifully converted barn, hearty, delicious food and gin, there will workshops in willow weaving, spoon carving, bookbinding and jewellery making along with crochet and guided winter walks. Visit Making Winter for more information and booking.
We have just completed a 5-week series of classes preparing four different book structures and a slipcase in which to present them. Great results. This group was interviewed by Leigh Chambers for 105FM's Bookmark programme which you can catch up with here. Bookbinding interview starts at about 36.15mins
Another huge treat for all book lovers and everyone else too! Lines of Thought (six of them) celebrates 600 years of Cambridge University Library (UL).
"The six Lines of Thought featured in the exhibition are: From clay tablets to Twitter feed (Revolutions in human communication); The evolution of genetics (From Darwin to DNA); Beginning with the word (Communicating faith); On the shoulders of giants (Understanding gravity); Eternal lines (Telling the story of history) and Illustrating anatomy (Understanding the body)."
It took 90 mins to absorb (perhaps I'm a bit slow!) the contents three of the displays so I'll be going back again. And again. It is on until September.
What a magical treat we had in The Reading Room, an exhibition at ArtSpace, April 8 - 10. Kabe Wilson's 'Of One Woman, Or So' was amazing, Sarah Wood's Dictionary of Lost Languages fascinating and Jan Ayton's sketchbook of the walk from Cambridge to Ely was perfect! Idit Nathan, Sebastian Carter and a number of other artists contributed equally interesting and thought-provoking works. More please!
Thank you to everyone who took part in the first bookbinding class to be held as part of Cambridge Literary Festival and thanks to the Festival team and the ArtSpace team for making sure everything ran without a hitch. The participants were delighted with their finished hard-backed books complete with locally handmarbled end papers.
We were lucky enough to have Ben, a professional photographer, on hand as well so pop over to the Facebook page to have look at the event in more detail.