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A Cabinet of Curiousity
A Cabinet of Curiousity

Thu, 13 Oct


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A Cabinet of Curiousity

Create your own paper assemblage of mysterious marvels!

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13 Oct 2022, 19:00 – 21:00 BST

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About The Event

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*This is a two part event taking place on consecutive weeks: 13th October and 20th October 7-9pm BST*

 By booking onto this workshop you are signing up to both parts. You don't need to attend the workshops live as a recording will be sent out after the live workshop has taken place.

What you get:

  • Access to the live sessions via Zoom
  • A recording of the workshops with unlimited access
  • Printable instructions and references

Well, my most mysterious friends...who could not fail to be captivated by the curiosity cabinet?? Cabinets of curiosities are more than just charming collections of bizarre knick-knacks. They tell the story of how we discovered the world and came to understand our place within it – and they are forerunners to the museums we have today and in ye olden times BYT (before You Tube), in times of discovery when access to information was scarce, they really did house the most mysterious of collections. During this two part workshop we will be delving into to the world of curious personal collections and creating our own beautiful book form 'cabinet' into which we will place the most interesting and intriguing objects! This is a great workshop if you have a specific interest in something...or lots of things (!) as cabinets of curiousities can be very specific to an area of natural history or really eclectic and diverse! 

  • Session 1: Thursday 13th October: Create your paper cabinet. This week we are cutting and sticking. There's loads of ways you can adapt this cabinet book form. I'll show you the way with the basics which you can choose to change and adapt to create something really personal. I will also provide you with loads of ideas and inspiration about how how these cabinets have been used and how you can create an artistic version which is personal to you.
  • Session 2: Thursday 20th October: Fill your cabinet! During this class, we will be learning a few easy drawing and mixed media and collage techniques which will use to create some unique artefacts!

Materials List for Session 1 (Session 2 materials list will be emailed to you a week before the event)

  • Pencil HB, Eraser, Pencil sharpener
  • Double sided tape/strong glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting Mat
  • Bone folder or Blunt Butter Knife
  • PVA Glue and brush (old magazine/scrap paper on which to glue)
  • Damp cloth for your sticky hands!
  • Ruler (metal, for cutting against)
  • A pile of A4 copier paper/scrap paper cut into squares. It doesn’t matter what size square as we will be using this to practice the folding…although the larger the square, the easier it is.

For your finished cabinet:

  • Grey board/cardboard (like the stuff you would find at the back of a sketchpad) OR an old hardback book you don’t mind cutting up
  • Decorative cover paper (if you are using grey board)
  • Paper for your cabinet sections. This could be: decorative paper, wrapping paper, brown packaging paper, origami paper, old book pages. The important thing is that it must be quite thin. If you are using old book pages, dictionaries and encyclopaedias are very good as they often have thinner papers in them.
  • Strip of fabric/book cloth/brown packaging paper/Manilla envelope

Optional Extras

  • Alphabet stamp set and ink pad
  • Scraps of old paper
  • Labels and ephemera
  • Old stamps
  • Old books maps and music
  • Ribbon, string
  • Old labels
  • Vintage maps
  • Old sheet music

**You do not need to be at the live event to purchase this workshop as all participants will be sent a recording**

For more information about sketchbooks and materials CLICK HERE

This session will be recorded and available to purchase after the event which is a great way to catch up on previous sessions. To view previous classes CLICK HERE


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