There’s something wonderful about staying at a lighthouse; the symbolism, the remote location, the fresh air….

…and all the more special when you have ventured to the edge of the world to make books!

The first morning was bright and breezy. Looking over the lighthouse wall to see the pairs of fulmars and lively sea.

Our studio, with a view along the coast.

It’s very satisfying pricking holes in paper! Marking up the spine, preparing to sew.

Here are Debra’s stitched series, in their own bespoke slipcase.

This is tusk from the Hand Made Fish Co, about to go in the oven. When I went to collect the order, Dave told me the name of the fisherman and his boat, and where the fish was caught (West of Foula.)

Once the structures had been made, it was time to embellish and personalise each book. The sewn pattern on the spine put Kit in mind of silver birches, so she covered the whole of the outside with them!

 

Debra knitted page-sized sample stitches to suit each of the Shetland locations in her books.

Such as this wavy texture.

Mavina printed and painted an exquisite collection of books, filled with Shetland words and birds.

The tactile beauty of Betsy’s bindings, so reminiscent of the landscape around us.

Three full days went by too fast.

Everyone made the most of every minute, working late or waking early. Doesn’t Kit’s set of books look great?

After the workshop was over, I climbed up high above the lighthouse for a clear perspective over the sound.  

Information about next year’s Shetland Creative Bookart Retreat will be released in June.

Thank you Beatrice at the Speldiburn Cafe (for cake) and the Peerie Shop Cafe (for soup.) Both delicious.

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