Friday, 18 April 2008

A Bit Under The Weather

It wasn't flu but I've not been right all week... unbelievably tired and run down and today I'm finally streaming with cold! However my early night on Monday plus liberal doses of drugs, meant I escaped for a couple of days to do a fantastic book making class with Frances Pickering at Art Van Go. Frances makes the most exquisite books filled with beautiful drawings, stitch and words. Not only that she is a lovely, warm, funny and generous tutor so it has been a wonderful couple of days. These are some examples of her books.

And this was my rather meagre first attempt!

I started to fill the inside but didn't get very far.

Because I decided to make another one which I could fill with memorabilia and photos from our holiday in Cuba- which seems like a long and distant memory.

I made the book and started to fill the pages but most of the photos I had with me were very tiny - just contact sheet size and looked out of proportion so Frances suggested I made another smaller book (the original one was only 4 inches square) that could hang as a little bookmark...

And so that is what I did!

To give an idea of scale, these are french knots in the middle!
It measures about 1.5" x 1.75"

And I've finished filling this one!

The book below was made by my lovely friend Joan. Beautiful!
And you can see another one on Dorothy's blog

I'm now going back to feeling sorry for myself and to nurse my cold. Stewart has deserted me for a couple of days (gone to see his parents in Dundee) so I can stay in my pyjamas and wallow in self pity all weekend!


  1. Sorry to hear you've been feeling so rough Gina - let's hope a weekend in your jimjams sets you on the road to recovery.

    Those books are gorgeous - I especially like the little teeny one. Well done you - yet another 'thing' you can do! x

  2. Sorry your under the weather, the books are wonderful, especially the tiny one, I have heard a lot about Frances Pickerings classes would love to go on one.

  3. Lucky you to take that workshop. Your books look great. Good thing for drugs huh?

  4. These are beautiful books and you can produce books like this whilst feeling under the weather?!!! I can't wait to see what you produce when you are on full form!!!! I hope that you feel better soon though :-)

  5. Sorry to hear that your lurgy did turn into something :-( We had a birthday present shopping trip to go on, but we did miss you.

    I LOVE your tiny book - you clever thing!

  6. Love your books Gina! Hope you get well soon!

  7. Sorry to hear you have been unwell. Glad your early night on Monday and drugs helped you feel well enough for the book making class!

    The books are lovely - I love the ones you are making.

    Take it easy this weekend and stay in those jammies. I am in mine as I type this to you!

  8. I hope you feel better soon Gina. The little books are lovely!

  9. Those little books are stunning! Sorry to hear you have been poorly though. Take care of yourself. Lucy xxxx

  10. Oh dear Gina, I'm sorry to hear you've not been well. I hope a weekend in your PJs does the trick! The books you made with Frances Pickering look lovely.
    It was good to see you at Thriplow - hope that didn't make you sick! Take care of yourself and get plenty of rest.

  11. What a great workshop - those little books are beautiful and your teeny bookmark one is the best!

    Sorry you've been feeling crubbish :( I hope you feel much better after a restful weekend.

    Take care xxxx

  12. Wow, what beautiful little books, I love the vibrant blues. And such a treasure trove of memories too.

    Hope you'll be feeling better soon and that you're able to enjoy your wallowing weekend!


  13. Gorgeous books Gina, I love your little blue one.
    I hope you feel better soon.
    I am now going to go and check the Art Van Go workshops to see if they have another one planned with Frances Pickering.

  14. Sorry to hear you've not been so well, Gina - I do hope you're feeling perkier by now.

    Fab minibooks, though! You're too clever by half, you :o)


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