My sketchbooks and journals are the foundations of all my art and craft practice. Pocket sized or giant A2 monsters, all my thoughts, inpiration, doodles, collages and drawings fill the pages. I would be lost without them as they anchor all my creative ideas, help formulate projects, sketch out and design commissions, collect research, document and record work, workshops and exhibitions.
Paris Sketchbook, 2008
Isles of Scilly Sketchbook, 2008
They are an areana in which to play, create, stick, stitch, staple, collect patterns, colours, textures, words, photos, images, sketches, thoughts and expressions. Or just a place to enjoy sketching and painting with watercolours.
About five years ago I started to make my own sketchbooks. I now make my own books and books to sell, and lead workshops on bookbinding. If you would like to learn to make your own sketchbook please check the workshop page for details of forthcoming workshops.
Selection of Handmade books, 2010