Sunday, 5 September 2010

Quarto - Sept meeting pics

Paul's work

I had a brilliant workshop yesterday with the Quarto book arts group that meet in Sunderland. Paper artist Paul Johnson held a workshop on pop-up books, we were creating a row of market stalls that each had a different theme - toys, flowers and clothes.

Paul provided the templates so we could get on with the construction as quickly as possible - the hinges were all dovetail joints and so simple - just a triangle that slotted in and fixed to the paper.

Paul's work

Paul's work

We built the flower stall first, and spent some time using the coloured sheets that Paul provided to create the flowers. It was important to understand how to attach decorations to the pop up so that it all folds down correctly - I had to 'prune' my flowers so that the middle section folded properly!

Above pic - basic construction for one of my stalls.

It was also the ninth birthday of the group so Margaret brought cake for everyone! I'd recommend you visit Paul's website for more information on his work.

September meeting workshop

Well, it's been a while since I last posted, we've had our summer break and will be back on Saturday 11th Sept for our next workshop. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone again although as usual it now feels as though the summer has flow by!

The workshop planned is with Terry Johnson - Presentation, layout & design. Terry is a local artist and architect so has become a regular guest with us over the last couple of years.

Our October meeting will be an in-house follow up session (so we have an opportunity to follow on from the work with Terry) and then in November we have another local artist, Sarah Colgate for a workshop on Pen & Wash. You may remember that Sarah came to visit us last year, so it will be lovely to have her back again. That leaves us with the December meeting as a follow up to Sarah (and time to exchange our Christmas Cards!)

Any new members are always welcome and can pop along or get in touch first for details. We meet at the United Reform Church Hall, Lowther Street, Penrith. From 10am - 4pm.

See you there!