Venice: Personal Geographies.

November 1, 2012 § 2 Comments

Last October Monica Dengo ran a course in free-style expressive calligraphy (that’s not keeping to straight lines) at Ca’ Pesaro on the Grand Canal. Apart from being liberating in terms of inky mark making, it made me realise that Venice is the most wonderful place to take a workshop. So when selecting locations for this year’s world tour (see the two minute film about it here,) the water-bound city of light came top. And because its alleys and bridges and canals are notoriously confusing to navigate, a theme involving mapping seemed right.

San Marcuola

The view from our front door.

Five adventurers travelled across wide oceans, over high mountains, armed with cutting mats and determination, to chart their own personal geographies. Undaunted by the ninety-six steps up to our attic studio…

Onwards and upwards

Fueled by caffeine i think….

…to find deluxe goody bags filled with Hazell Designs Books treats, including tape, labels, stamps, envelopes, a propellor pencil, a note book and a map of Venice.

Hazell Designs Books goody bag contents

Preparing goody bags; a favourite job.

We quickly bound a couple of journeys (one sewn, one folded,) then started work on the main project: Measuring and scoring a spine-piece, collating sheaves of papers, mocking up a story-board. The view over terracotta rooftops and spires proved distracting:

Kate and Rachael. Windows and Apertures.

Fortunately there were incentives. Delicious!

Thanks to Monica!

Highlight of the week, apart from living out a dream, was visiting the Museo Correr Library’s Special Collections, where Monica Viero (this post is monopolised by Monicas; kisses to all of you) had selected some rare and wonderful books for us to pore over.

The smallest volume, gilt-edged.

Palpitations of awe, inspiration and overwhelmed camera batteries necessitated liquid refreshment at Harry’s Bar.

The obligatory Bellini, with olive stones.

The results of such charting and exploring were gratifying. I am proud of these Personal Geographers.

Mapping route from hotel to workshop: The legend.

The best binding: An Extraordinary Expandable Sketchbook Journal

Here is the testimonial of Monica Watson-Peck:

Midnight flight home after a molte fabulosa personal geographies workshop week in Venezia with the inspiring Rachel. So delighted with my book & mini books & superb origami envelopes…not to mention what books we should read, and restaurants to try and where to find the best gelati. A woman of many talents.

There are still a couple of places for Stars and Celebrations, in Paris, in December. Different city, different stationery emporium….


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§ 2 Responses to Venice: Personal Geographies.

  • Oh, joy and rapture! A lovely reminder of a blissful week. 🙂

  • Venice says:

    This incredible city is the most amazing destination on this planet!
    The Venice Carnival is actually awesome! The masks and masquerade costumes are lovely and also the scenery is simply magical.

    With Venice, often there is something totally new to learn.
    Congratulations for Venice: Personal Geographies. Notes from The Travelling Bookbinder
    and for speaking about Venezia.

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