Friday, 5 August 2011

The Days of Words and Paper

Rachel Hazell's ability to make and inspire is well known to us here at LSA. But this year the participants seemed to spontaneously appreciate and share, from day one, her passion for all things bookish.

Rachel's introduction

Lunch on the terrace outside the Maison de Maitre

After some recent fairly miserable weather around south west France, the clouds miraculously opened to welcome our guests, and the sun shone for almost the entire five days of the workshop. This allowed us to eat outdoors for all but the final evening (when there was the type of torrential rainstorm Somerset Maughn would have been proud of).

Swimming in the salt water heated pool

The fine weather also allowed us to open the huge doors of the studio and our amateur bookbinders to take inspiration from the wonderful, clear light and stunning views.

Everyone busy binding their own books

Katherine finishes detailing

For most people the satisfaction, at the end of the first day, of having created and bound a beautiful book of their own, was followed by a smidgeon of excited trepidation as Rachel gently explained to them they were to try to fill tall twenty six pages with a motif running through the alphabet.

A break for lunch usually revived lagging creativity

Align Centre
Nice try, Diane (our favourite person, ever), but this is actually how your do it.....

And everyone seemed to be up to the challenge; the results were as different as the participants' personalities, but there wasn't one that amaze!

D is for Dog

The lovely Barbara tells us her book story.....

And Julie demonstrates her M for Mountain

Mary Alice delights us with all her colourful illustrations

There was an atmosphere of shared ideas and generous encouragement for all, some people managing to complete the alphabet whilst others preferred to take their time with plans to finish their personal journeys back home.

Carol models a Les Soeurs Anglaises' apron

And to celebrate the end of another successful workshop, there was High Tea before "Personal Journeys" on the last afternoon.

1 comment:

  1. fanTAStic!
    Looks like Josephine returned, as well.
    LOVE the photo of Di (!)
    Sorry to not get on the calender for next year....guess we need to talk about possibilities for the year after (?)
    xoxo to you and Mike....