I started by teaching mount cutting, an essential skill for any artist wanting to sell their own work. I taught this for several years for West Sussex County Council.
I really enjoy passing on my skills and I've always loved making 'stuff'. It's great when I can take tools and techniques from one area to another, so my next step was to revive my book making skills using upcycled leather. That quickly led to a series of workshops.
During lockdown I became fascinated with unusual book forms - especially folding techniques to make concertina bindings and new stitches for books. There is a danger I might disappear under a sea of paper and card ...
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1-to-1 Mount cutting and effective presentation for painters and photographers
"I thoroughly enjoyed this excellent course. Lynne really knew her stuff and was a generous, well prepared, kind, thorough and attentive teacher. Great to learn such a practical skill and her enthusiasm for helping me get ready for my exhibition was much appreciated. A really good and useful day."
Lynne Friel responded:
" Hi Sarah
Thank you for your kind review, It's always exciting when an artist brings the bare bones of an exhibition. I really enjoyed teaching you to cut mounts and helping you prepare for Hampshire Open Studios next week. Good luck with the rest of your preparations and here's hoping for many sales..
Best wishes, Lynne"
"A truly stimulating and fun day. Lynne is a hugely impressive and accessible teacher. Not only does she have huge talent and knowledge herself but she is a natural communicator. Her thorough preparation beforehand ensured that all the materials were ready in front of us, so not a moment of the day was wasted. I am not naturally gifted in the handicraft department but Lynne made sure I succeeded with very clear instructions and helpful notes, so I never felt out of my depth. We all finished the day with each of us having made two beautiful leather bound books - I was so chuffed and couldn't quite believe I'd actually made them. And neither could my daughter when I gave one of them to her."
"Such an informative day, excellent teacher who structured the day to make sure we all achieved two books. Instructions were easy to follow and a nice relaxed atmosphere to work in. Looking forward to signing up for the intermediate course.
Thank you Lynne"
"I had a fantastic day, thank you Lynne for being so welcoming and kind.
Your such a lovely teacher with lots of colour choices of leather, thread and elastic.
It was such a calm and informative learning experience. I had so much fun. I can’t wait to make more books. Thank you. Lisa"