Since The Little One turned 1 yesterday (how time flies!) I had to make treats for his kindergarten tomorrow. I won’t bore you will all the details of the exact treats for the kids and the lovely ladies (what are they called? They’re not teachers, but what are they?), I just wanted to show you this awesome stamp of a ‘superboy’ I got in Japan when I was pregnant (and at the time we didn’t know it was a boy, by the way). Isn’t it the cutest? I wish I had designed it myself…
Yesterday was my last lesson at Boekbinderij Papyrus. In ten nights, I not only learned a lot about bookbinding, but I was also very inspired by the lovely environment, the great materials I had at at my disposal, and the other students and their projects. These students have been coming there for years, so a lot of what they made was out of my league, but seeing the techniques they used, the beautiful paper, their ideas, was just a great source of inspiration for a beginner like me.
Now I can look back at the things I made (of which you see a selection below) and use them as inspiration for myself, to keep practising and get better at bookbinding. And maybe in half a year or a year’s time, I might just return to the lovely teacher Wilma to learn more!
By the way, if a series of lessons is too much for you: Wilma also organises lovely one-day workshops!
In the paper-category, I’ll be selling my handbound books, little notebooks and giftsets and cards. In the fabric-section you can buy bags and purses made from recycled fabric. And there’s some special stuff from Indonesia too, designed by my dear travelling friends, handmade in Bali. Come and see me at the Swan Market if you’d like to know what that is all about!
What a great group of women attended the DIY Stationery workshop Lisa and I gave last weekend! I had a lovely time showing them how to make notebooks, envelopes, giftbags, and so on. Lisa’s shop is just filled with so much material to use and recycle, so the ladies didn’t have any trouble finding beautiful stuff to convert into stationery.
I love teaching people, but I also love how they in return inspire me. I mean, look at all the beautiful things they made! Isn’t it amazing what you can do with paper, stamps, string and maskingtape?