30 Aug 2011

Our loot so far...

Just a quick update to show you our loot (so far!) from last night's meeting:

We were all amazed and thrilled with how much stuff we already have to put on show at the arts festival, and we're still in the process of making more booklets, leaflets, and bookmarks, so there'll be even more by the time the weekend lands.

Part of me is enjoying this way too much, and the other part is looking forward to kicking back and catching up on sleep when the festival is over. :)

28 Aug 2011

SAC Arts Festival 2011 – more creative stuff

After Jenny's awesome post about her flyers and story printouts, I thought I'd post about some of my own creative endeavours for the Arts Centre Festival. There's just under a week left and I'll bet the remaining days zoom by. So far I've been sorting out story flyers and booklets, but there's still a lot to do. It's a good thing we'll have some time to set up beforehand!

I'll be showcasing three separate pieces, two of them printed on large postcards (a bit slimmer than the exquisite 300gsm card Jenny's stories are printed on, but still sturdy enough to be satisfying), and a single page, folded booklet for a slightly longer piece that was actually written for one of our very own writing prompts. Here is a little taster:

I'm also planning to make some bookmarks promoting Storyslingers and possibly samples of micro-fiction (a post highlighting what micro-fiction is can be found at my website here). These will be the standard slim card style bookmarks that slot easily between pages. I've got some nice black card, stickers and gold and silver pens to play with. We'll see how they go!

I've also been making cute origami bookmarks that fit neatly over the top corner of the page. These are much easier to manoeuvre as they're small. They'll make great holiday gifts, too.

There's even the possibility of a collaborative activity, if we can tempt visitors to our table to participate, in the form of a giant round-robin story. This is where the first person writes an opening sentence of a story, then the second person picks it up and writes a sentence, then the third person adds a sentence, and so on until you have a full story. Similarly, a game of Consequences could be fun. Maybe we'll do both!

We'll try to take photos at the Arts Festival and post them here, but if you can make it, please do drop by.

27 Aug 2011


We’re hard at work preparing for the arts centre’s festival next weekend. We’ve been making booklets, postcards and bookmarks to showcase our work; some of which will be on sale. I’ve had two of my stories printed at Meticulous Ink, a fine printing and stationary company in Bath. Meticulous Ink specialise in exquisite traditional printing methods, including letterpress. I only needed digital prints this time around, but I’ve been salivating over their letterpress products for quite some time. Storyslingers will definitely be getting some of our work letterpress printed in the future.

My digital prints came beautifully packaged. I felt like a very spoilt child at a birthday party when I unwrapped these goodies. Amazing!

I designed an invitation style flyer to promote our table at the festival, which I got printed at the same time; all three on lovely posh 300mg. I’m thrilled with them. They look fantastic, very professional and slick.


24 Aug 2011

handmade books

We're busy making books and leaflets for the forthcoming Shaftesbury Arts Centre festival. (More news on that later).
Some members are particularly interested in handmade books and printing. So with this is mind I draw your attention to this bookart competition:

(this is a photo of a booklet I made a long time ago for a friend.)

5 Aug 2011