Saturday, January 25, 2014

Japanese Bookbinding Course

I have just finished up some samples of the books we're planning to make in my upcoming Japanese Bookbinding course. I'm teaching this through the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design, starting Feb 17th (every Monday night 6-9, for five weeks). We'll be making as many of these structures as we can, maybe more, depending on the group's working pace. We will be doing everything as authentically as possible, using the formal binding techniques for each style and using lots of authentic materials, beautiful Japanese papers, etc.

Course description and registration info here:

Book structures that we'll be covering, shown in the photo, starting top left:
A Japanese multi-section binding called retchōsō;
A handscroll (kansubon);
And, shown below the scroll, Yamato style notebooks;
In the top corner, a traditional ledger binidng, daifuku chō,
And along the bottom, the four variations of the traditional Japanese stab bindings.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Halifax Crafters TIBS Market - Feb 8th

On February 8th, I'll be participating in the Halifax Crafters pop-up market at Two If By Sea Cafe, in Dartmouth, NS. Visit the Halifax Crafters website to see a full list of vendors. It's going to be a great show, just before Valentine's Day!

Two If By Sea Cafe, in Dartmouth NS, has a lovely space for this pop-up market and the vendor line-up is impressive. Be SURE to come visit us on Feb 8th, between 8am and 5pm. You can pick up some amazing handmade treasures AND get yummy baked goods and fancy coffee, all in one stop. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Happy New Year & Congratulations!

So, Happy New Year to all my blog readers!

Yesterday, I selected two winners to receive 2014 Desk calendars. From the 53 entries here on my blog, I used Random.Org to pick a number and it selected 46, which is commenter "sarah sar", also known as Sarah Khan. So congratulation to Sarah your calendar is in the mail! Also, from the 32 entries on my Facebook page, I used Random.Org to pick another number and it picked comment #10, which is Yasmeen Khan. Congratulations to Yasmeen, your calendar is in the mail too! (I think it's amazing that both winners have the same surname!)