Very excited to be exhibiting at Art in the Park Festival, Leamington Spa with Warwickshire Open Studios in their marquee on 13th and 14th August 2022. Venue 48 in Mill Gardens. Here is a link to the brochure showing our location
There are 9 Warwickshire Open Studios artists taking part in the Marquee. And many others around the whole event.
I am Sharon and I make Hand Bound Leather and Cork Journals and Sketchbooks. I am a City and Guilds Upholsterer, although have not done much of that for years now. I started making Journals when I needed a gift for my now husband and had a little bit of leather hanging around so I had a go. He must have liked it as he now has two Journals, one of which has been refilled several times! When we got married in 2012 I made a Journal each for the Best Men, Ushers, Bridesmaids etc. And a few extra which I sold quickly in my Etsy shop.
I am lucky enough to have a Binding Room on the top floor of my house, where I can make as much mess as I like (and I do!) and then shut the door at the end of the day, ready to go back in the following morning. I love Binding, it really is very mindful and therapeutic for me.
I use Italian Leather and Portugese Cork. Leather Journals are lined with beautiful decorative papers, including; Japanese Chiyogami Paper, Indian Cotton Screen Printed Papers, Decorative Italian Papers and Maps from OS and Atlas etc. I use Cords, Beads, Ceramic Buttons and Elastics to close my Journals.
Cork Journals are Vegan, Eco-friendly and Sustainable. These cannot be lined with my papers, but they are so soft, tactile and the texture is lovely that they don't really need it!
I LOVE making Custom Journals. My style of Binding allows for the Journal to be customised. I can expand the spine if it is going to have things such as photographs added to it, ensuring it doesn't go too out of shape. I can add more or less pages. I can use Cartridge, Lined or Dotted Pages. Leather Colour and Lining can also be chosen to suit. And the type of closure. All meaning a Journal or Sketchbook made just for you!!!! Message me to discuss.
I make Journals for everyone; Note takers, Journalers, for Work, for Projects, Planners, Students, Graduates, Artists, Memory Journals, Bujo, Creative Journalers, Travellers, Mums, Dads, Aunties etc
When I am not selling my Journals at Events, I sell through my Social Media channels and also through my two online shops;
Find me on Facebook and Instagram.
Email me on; firstname.lastname@example.org