Craft Market

2017 Craft Markets/Events:
Titirangi Village Market - 25 June 2017, 10am - 2pm.
Titirangi War Memorial Hall, 500 South Titirangi Rd, Titirangi, Auckland.

Monday, 29 May 2017

More shibori print journals

Now that I've completed the two worshops, it's back to my little blog space. It has been a rather busy month, and it is a good thing, I think.

These two small shibori journals recently listed in my Etsy shop here and here.

Dyed more fabric, some will not be made into books though as I wasn't quite happy with the results.

I did not take many photos of the Chidlren's Bookmaking Workshop as it was rather chaotic, having ten little people age three up to eleven, I guess you can imagine :) The Japanese Bookbinding Workshop went well and we all had fun.

These are the books made by the participants, We did four hole japanese binding and hemp leaf binding, but it's not very visible from the photo above.

It is end of the month and I'm gathering fabric for next month's binding and journal making. Among the covers will be this, a Holly Roach's screen printing. I love this so much and I've been keeping this print till now.

Not much is happening in the garden, I have not been out in the garden much, hopefully soon. I've got some garlic bulbs still sitting on the kitchen counter that need to go in the ground.

Have a wonderful week ahead!

Friday, 5 May 2017

Restock linen journals + bookmaking workshops in local libraries

It has been a productive week, I managed to complete three journals. Restocking some of the green linen journals that were sold.

Binding in the studio, I was watching a bird watching me while I work. the spotted dove was sitting on a branch, got itself comfortable and puffed up until it looked like a ball. It was quite funny and made me laugh out loud. I think we enjoyed each others company.

The completed journals are listed in my Etsy shop.

Another one of my "wish to do" list ticked. Hand carved stamp.

I'll be doing two workshops in May as part of Makerfest 2017.

Children's Bookmaking Workshop
21 May 2017 (Sunday)
12:30 - 2:00pm
New Lynn War Memorial Library
Children (7-12yo)
RSVP: (bookings essential)

Japanese Bookbinding Workshop
23 May 2017 (Tuesday)
10:00am - 12:00pm
Blockhouse Bay Library
Adults 16+
RSVP: (bookings essential)

Have a lovely weekend.

Friday, 21 April 2017

A new bone folder

Here's something I discovered recently. The use of sculpture tools as bone folder.

I fold my papers with the help of bonefolder, the ones that I have (on right, the two white plastic) really aren't to my liking, they just don't feel comfortable in my hand and the plastic tip do not work well while scoring either. It sort of "melts" away as I put preasure on it. I have been looking to replace my bonefolder but the ones I found just don't feel right, until I chance upon these wooden clay sculpture tools and thought to give it a try, and to my delight I love it! I love the wooden feel and I love holding them too, perhaps it's my small hands? It has a sharp tip and works great for scoring papers.

I am in love with my new bone folder. All I did was give it a little rub with beeswax and was ready for use.

Folding paper days just got a little better already.

My latest journal entry is a quote by Byron Katie. I love her wise words.

In the garden...

Seedlings are in, among other leafy greens are these red Russian kale, they did not fair well the last time I planted so I am trying again this year. Hopefully they will do better.

Tat soi. It has become my favorite, it grows fast, can be used in many ways and I love the taste too.

Seeds are in, not sure if I have enough space for them all but I just can't help myself, I want to plant so many things! :)

The chrysanthenum (ajania pacifica) blooming, not sure why but the petals aren't opening fully but gets crinkled up. They are pretty as they are, crinkled or not.

More cleaning up in the garden this weekend. Weeds are growing fast.

Have a wonderful weekend!