On Saturday I travelled up to Preston for a very exciting workshop that was being run by Sarah Mitchell, whose blog littlepaperbird I have been following for a while now. Sarah makes the most beautiful hand bound books and I was delighted when I received an email from her to say that she was having a workshop to make this gorgeous concertina album:
The workshop was held at PAD shop and gallery in Preston which has some wonderful art and crafts on sale so that in between making the books we could wander round and look at all the artists' work. Sadly PAD is closing at the end of this month due to funding cuts which I think is a great shame as it showcases the work of about two hundred artists and is a great source for ideas and presents.
Sarah showed us how to inlay a piece of paper on our covers and I chose a piece of Japanese paper with silver leaves and flowers on it:
My finished book:
Sarah also had an exhibition of her books on display in the gallery and it was lovely to see all her books for real after seeing some of them on her blog:
Sarah also makes exquisitely crafted boxes:
These are some of Sarah's bound books which I was amazed at as they are so beautifully finished: