Stars and Celebrations in Paris

December 13, 2012 § Leave a comment

In January, The Travelling Bookbinder embarked on a journey; to teach a different workshop in an inspiring place each month of 2012. A short film outlining the mission can be seen here. It’s strange and gratifying to be unpacking now – scattering star-shaped sequins – after the final event.

Iced stars in the window of the fanciest bakery on rue Montorgueil - Stohler

Iced stars in the window of the fanciest bakery on rue Montorgueil – Stohler

Our course took place in an elegant apartment whose entrance hall was lined with guidebooks, literature and compartments containing spare umbrellas, scarves and a beautiful hat the owner had left behind on his last visit.

After the rain, high up, just before an early evening drink at George V

After the rain, high up, just before an early evening drink at George V

The city was chilly, mostly crisp and pale blue. We dived in by venturing out to the Marché aux Vieux Papiers de Saint-Mandé, where we rifled through every possible category of postcard in search of the quirky and obscure. My treasure was a job-lot of old stamps, some in grubby glassine envelopes – very heaven.

Punching stars out of a flea market find.

Punching stars out of a flea market find.

To warm up the fingers; a garland of stars!

Theresa with a star in her eye

Theresa with a star in her eye.

Followed by a ten-pointer:

An interlocking origami star illuminated.

An interlocking origami star illuminated.

And a cluster of different bindings…small enough to hang on a tree.

Featuring the one and only Japanese Screw Punch!

Featuring the one and only Japanese Screw Punch!

All this making punctuated by many cups of tea and forays to the paperiest corners of the most specialist and wonderful shops for essential components and visual inspiration. A number of patisserie items may have been consumed.

One morning we wrote down the twelve best moments of this year, and our wishes for the next. They were funny and poignant and full of hope.

The main project was a book with twelve pockets.

A constellation of observation.

A constellation of observation (with a soft spot for rats.)

Kit's collage.

Kit’s collage.

A comment which warms my heart –

“Thank you for every minute of these fantastic five days! It was like five day-trips to another continent.”

Thanks to every single one of you, in every month, who made this journey of the Travelling Bookbinder possible: Next year it will turn into a book. Abientot.

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