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After work this evening Jo & I popped into Conway Hall in Holborn for the Small Publishers Fair. Barrie and Philippa (our tutors from Lincoln Uni) a.k.a The Caseroom Press had a stall with some of their lovely work and of course, we wanted to show our support: ‘To thine own self be true.’ – a lovely little message looking over the hall! The retro style hall was packed with stalls and people discussing books...

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It’s weird to think that at this time for the past 2 weeks I was in Uni ‘teaching’. Unfortunately I’m back at home in Cambridgeshire now, so my time as a ‘tutor’ was short lived… (should I just call myself a guest lecturer? I don’t know ha) but the 4 sessions I did help out in were great fun! You might remember that a couple of weeks ago Lisa & I helped the 1st years...

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WARNING: This post contains swearing! It seems like a long time ago now, but before Christmas I started working on the ISTD Sound Bites brief. After listening to several of the clips, I found swearing was a common theme and an interesting one at that. I’m not really much of a swearer, but I definitely learnt a few words during this project! I packaged my work up on Tuesday and this weekend it is auditioning at...

…A quote from Anthony Burrill, who I contacted with questions for my D&AD Typographic Circle supplement project. Any ideas what I asked him for that response? Comment! So, now that it is past the submission deadline I’m safe to share this because no one can steal it. I had a William Shakespeare moment about entering; to enter or not to enter, that is the question? But decided not to in the end because there was...

On Tuesday I attended a rubber stamp workshop ran by the lovely Stephen Fowler. I blogged about it earlier for the course blog but I still have plenty to show you here! I had heard of rubber stamping before as Lucy had one made professionally for her Limited Edition project, however I hadn’t really thought about using one. You’d be surprised what you can produce from cutting a rubber though… Stephen showed us some of his...

Want to know how to make a small, pamphlet stitch, hand-made book? Well thanks to my one of Visual Expression tutors, I can show you how to in 16 easy steps (Sounds like a lot but I’ve really broken it down)! Last Monday I was one of a few students who had a book binding workshop courtesy of Philippa. You will need: 5 A5 sheets of white paper (so 2 and a half sheets of A4)...

I can’t believe it’s the end of my first year at University already! Thank god for being a design student – NO EXAMS! Eeek 🙂 I have had such an amazing year, I don’t know how I can top it… oh wait, yeah I do – Year two! 😉 I had my feedback review yesterday with T-Fab and Glen. I was a nervous wreck! Trust me to have my review on Friday the 13th! Without...

So my Zine is nearly done… time to dress it now a.k.a put front & back covers on! I wanted to use a cigarette packet in the design somehow, and at first was just going to draw a cigarette packet design onto the covers BUT then a more interesting idea jumped in and took over; a cigarette packet as the cover! I wasn’t sure how it would work so made a couple of nets: When...

Printing my zines wasn’t as smooth as I hoped it would be… You remember that lovely paper I told you about in my last post? Well I couldn’t use it because it wasn’t actually A4 – It’s a weird size; A4 length but not width! So I was pretty angry about that!! And I nearly printed my whole batch of zines with one of the wrong pages in place…. … it was a close call!...

… a.k.a getting in the Zine mood! I wish I could get paid to blog but I don’t think it’s really a job is it? Nevermind 🙂 Working on the most confusing part of the whole Zine process right now – Imposition/pagination! Scary words right there but put simply, page order – a lot harder than you think! I’ve made it a bit harder for myself too because my Zine is A6 size – A5...

I can honestly say that yesterday was the best Valentines day ever (yet)… simply because it was the first PROPER valetines day.  Without trying to sound all old, Valentines day is a disappointment when you’re young. Boys are immature and don’t make an effort – they don’t buy girls flowers or chocolates anymore, not even to say sorry. I’m not an old fashioned girl, but every girl wants a gent to whisk her off her...

Before christmas we had been doing some bookmaking and I made 3 books in total (view them here)… And then we were set the challenge of making a book with content, which was also made from unusual materials. At first I was quite stumped on what I was going to produce – it’s always harder when the possibilities are endless I find? I didn’t recieve either of my christmas presents from my boyfriend on time…...

So yesterday afternoon I continued on adding to my series of books (which I still haven’t named yet! – I must get around to this soon!) Last week I did not take pictures of anything but I can tell you that I decided to have a go at making a hardcase japanese stab bound book so I was making my hard covers! Yesterday they were nice and dry and ready to be bound, so I pierced...

Every Friday afternoon between 1 and 3pm we get ‘Book horny’ a.k.a a book making session takes place. Our course tutor, Mr Skinner, is quite the book enthusiast and has tried out all different techniques of binding to make small, handmade, sketchbooks With help and guidance from Mr S. I completed my first handmade book 2 weeks ago, here she is: I should have sewn her a lot tighter, but lessons have been learnt and of course, I...

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