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Ancient Wisdom: A three-day mixed media workshop with Leslie Marsh

Ancient Wisdom - collage

Duration: 3 days

Price: £500

Contact: Helen Anderson at Handmade at Helen's

Solway House
The Crichton, Bankend Road
Dumfries & Galloway

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Friday 18th September 2020

About the Course

Friday 11.00am - 5.00pm. Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Handmade at Helen's is absolutely delighted to welcome artist Leslie Marsh for her first ever UK workshop!

Book artist Leslie is driven by her love of nature and a fascination for cultural and family history. Using metal, stones and vintage findings, she forges relic-like book covers that call to mind medieval treasure bindings created during the Middle Ages. Leslie also spends a lot of time experimenting with the marks left by leaves on paper by steeping the two together. The resulting ecoprints form signature wrappers used in most of her work.
Her books are held in private collections across the US, Europe and Australia.

She is represented by Seager-Gray Gallery in Mill Valley, California, and Eclipse Gallery in Wilmington, North Carolina and teaches workshops and shows her work at various sites across the United States.

During this 3-day Ancient Wisdom workshop, students will create book covers from plaster, learning a number of ways to imprint and carve into them, and then bind pages that they have hand-dyed with plant-based dyes into the book using a Coptic stitch - a binding technique that has been around since the 4th century.

In this workshop Leslie will cover:
Plaster and plaster gauze as a medium for book covers:
making windows
using inks and paints
imprinting and carving designs in plaster
adding photo transfers

Plant based dyes:
Students will spend the weekend with these dyes at their disposal. They can dye pages, thread, or bits of fabric and lace to embellish their pages or covers. Leslie will provide a variety of dyes to experiment with, including indigo, black walnut, avocado, cabbage and more.

Coptic Binding:
Learn the history and technique of this ancient art.

Pamphlet and Weaving stitches:
All materials necessary to the complete the book as shown will be supplied.
Student Supply List

Small cutting mat; craft mat; scissors; paper awl; bone folder; craft knife with a new blade; apron.
£500 per person, to include all materials, refreshments, buffet lunch and goody bag. Attendees also receive a 10% discount in the shop during the workshop.

You can choose to pay in full, or a payment plan is available to pay in 4 installments (the second installment being due in March 2020, third installment in May 2020 and the final installment in July 2020). Please choose 'I'd like to pay by installments' at checkout. I will then email you the payment plan details.

Please note that if you have previously attended a workshop at Handmade at Helen's, you will be entitled to a 10% discount off future workshops by guest tutors, including this one. Please contact me via the website or contact button above for the discount code, prior to booking.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Buffet lunch, refreshments, materials.

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  • Accessible by public transport
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Weekends