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Monday, 4 August 2014


I had the most enjoyable Sunday learning about books and bookmaking. It was run by Association of Book Crafts New Zealand which I am now a member of. The workshop was held at Motat's bindery. These are the tools professional bookbinders use to make books.
A beautifully made book! (Please excuse the not so clear photo)

Roger facilitate the whole class and Mary showed us some of her work.

Mary's books. Aren't they just gorgeous! I came home inspired by all the learning and have in fact have some ideas for my bookmaking too. I'm glad I attended the class.  

Back in the studio, I'm in the process of making some woodblock printed journals. August will be about getting messy with some printing work :-)

I may not be a bookmaker with all the gadgets and machines but I am happy making books with my simple tools for anyone who enjoys writing in them.


  1. An interesting post. It's good to see that you enjoyed it. Flighty xx

  2. I love my little elephant journal! I am using it to record bits of poetry that I like and may use as captions for photos or mixed media pieces. You are already doing a great job, but yes, always fun to learn new things too!!

    1. Oh, I'm so glad to hear the wee elephant journal is put to good use. Poetry! Awesome! I wish I can write poetry and poems, but alas... no such talent. Yes, always fn to learn new things!

  3. Hi Alison,
    I think you'llhave a great time making your books. I love the prints of your journals, especially the butterflies.
    Have a great day:)

    1. I sure do enjoy making books as you do with your gardening! :-)
      I do hope to finish them soon so I can list them on my Etsy store.
      Have a great day Lydia!


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