Open studios – Up cycle your old jeans in our studios

Everyone has some pairs of jeans in their wardrobe… those that you cant quite throw away but don’t want to wear anymore…

Cassandra Barron from Bookbinding with Cass and me .. The Lansdowne House we have decided to welcome you in our studios this winter… We want to share our  amazing creative spaces with you and recycle your old jeans in good looking books…

Open Studios -19th October – From Sashiko to Bookbinding book here for Glasgow workshop

Open Studios – 20th October – From Sashiko to Bookbinding Book here for the Edinburgh workshop

Open Studios – 16th November – From Boro to Bookbinding Book here for the Edinburgh workshop

Open Studios – 17th November – From Boro to Bookbinding Book here for the Glasgow workshop

Two different people than us two is difficult to find…

Me, French middle aged Eco Up-cycler in Glasgow, Christie’s trained and working her Art in an old Victorian kitchen in the West end of Glasgow she loves everything Art and walks about a bag on her shoulder and a pair of clippers in her hands in the search for the perfect leaf…

Her, British young and upcoming Bookbinder (with a deep love for recycling too) Art School trained housed in a trendy studio container in Leith, Edinburgh and walking around dragging a suitcase full of awls and curved needles … give her your old handbag she will make it into a book…

And Yet !!! the best pals for a few years now and running regularly the most amazing workshop as a duo, we Indigo dye and make a book, we eco print and make a book, we stencil and make a book and so on… many of those books can be found around, made with LOVE and our skills… I found one of them, Indigo dyed at the Glasgow Botanical garden workshop at the GSA degree show this year as a visitors book… and another one Eco Printed at the Bridgend Farm Eco Retreat found its way to the Eco Pavillion of the Kilt Show in Birmingham…

SO WE JUST HAD TO OFFER OUR COURSE FOLLOWERS SOMETHING REALLY EXCITING FOR THIS AUTUMN…

It went a bit like this…

“Cass what should we do this autumn… I would like to do something Blue?”

“Why don’t we recycle some jeans? Berenice said she has loads of jeans her boys have grown out of…”

“Cass do you think we should offer one workshop a month this time again?”

“Defo… load of folks enjoyed making three books for Christmas present… just imagine using your own old denims to make three trendy books for Christmas present… that would just be so …. ZERO WASTE !  CREATIVE ! UNIQUE ! ”

“What techniques ? You said blue”

“Well I am thinking Japanese type of thing… like some of this stitching I have been doing for fun … I mean like we could mend the holes using some of my Asia fabrics … Blue on Blue would be just beautiful… The good pieces we could print them … or stitch patterns on them… wait that’s three techniques…

Boro – Japanese visible mending

Sashiko – Pattern stitching

That sounds like a plan… where do you want to look for premises??? Wait how about we do them here? …. WHERE??? Here in our own studio… Ok I would have to tidy up a bit but your studio and my studio are just so very … Unique… what about we welcome people here in our studios and make books out of their old jeans…

And so was born the idea of our Winter special “Open Studio” workshop and we are so very excited about them …

So will you join us for this… we cant wait to do good work with you saving the world by Upcycling your old jeans and make gorgeous books in our workshops…

See you soon.

Betty xx

 

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