Markets & Events 2017
Bookmaking class - 8, 15, 22, 29 September (Fridays) - 11am - 1pm, Ranui Community Centre.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Something new in the studio

Spring is almost here and so much to look forward to. I have a long to do list and slowly making my way to crossing each task. One thing at a time.

Listing more journals in my Etsy shop.


Including this journal with a circle, reminds me of the recent total solar eclipse. It is listed here.


Current view of the studio. I bought an old pre-loved book press (black metal on the white cupboard) a couple of months ago and I'm so happy as it is one of my wish list. It makes me feel like a little grown up bookbinder. My old "bookpress" is made up of two wooden boards with heavy books on top (beside the black bookpress), that I still use.


I'm working on a custom order at the moment, a faux leather journal with magnetic closure, something that I have not done before. The customer wants a piece of shibori fabric on it. It is still a work in progress and it has evolved from my initial design. I'm fortunate that the customer has given me the freedom to create with just a few request.

I try to keep waste to a minimum, tiny fabric scraps are kept aside in a container, those will be used for stuffing my cat soft toy.

Meanwhile, in the garden....

Tulips are in bloom. A soft pink one...


And a bright red one which is in its last days before the petals come apart. I wonder if the burgundy tulip will bloom this year. I do love the rich colour of that. I think the position of the planter is not ideal as it catches the evening sun instead of the morning sun. I'll have to shift the pots around later.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 4 August 2017

New journals for General Collective Market

I have been making lots of new journals in preparation for General Collective Market next weekend. Feels like a mini factory in the studio, a one person do all factory.


New journals, a New Zealand map, a fantail (piwakawakawa) and a deer. All hand stamped and sewn on black linen with hemp twine as wrap closure.


A closeup of the deer journal.


More kiwiana journals, on left is Tuis and kowhai, on right is Tuis and pohutukawa.


Daffodils or jonquils or narcissus finally popping up. I wonder why do they have so many names?


Some shibori journals all ready for next weekend.


Cutting and folding papers... these are mini journals in the making.


The completed mini journals. A mix of shibori and also some random colour fabric.

No gardening this weekend, so much to do for market and also Recycled Bookmaking Workshop that will be starting in September. More on that on another post.

Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, 21 July 2017

Preparing for General Collective Market

It is full speed ahead in this little studio, making more books as I will be having a stall at General Collective Market next month. My first time as a stall holder, fingers crossed it will go well.

Some newly made journals, they are all now listed in my Etsy shop. You're welcome to browse my shop shelves.


Front view of some floral fabric journals. The one on right has a water colour brush stroke to the flowers and I really like the sweet colour. Sweet rose is listed here, the blue flower which looks like dahlia is listed here and the sweet water colour floral journal is here.


This is the inside cover of the journal.

Still in the subject of flowers...

Daffodils are emerging. I look forward to getting glimpses of the flowers while I work in the studio come spring.


The garlic plants are growing well too and I am very pleased. It has been really wet this winter, we just had hail this morning and forecast for more rain tomorrow, looks like no gardening this weekend.

Have a lovely weekend!