Bookbinding is fun, but it can also be a vehicle for community-building and bonding.
I joined The Thistle Bindery for the second “Let’s Bind a Book – Bookbinding for Kids” event on December 6, 2014 at Singapore’s Tampines Regional Library. (The first was hosted by Singapore Science Centre back in July 2014).
It was an afternoon of six free workshops for children: long-stitch bookbinding, kirigami paper cutting, fan book, paper quilling, typewriter taster and little magic book.
We had simplified our projects so that a child, or guardian-child team, can complete them in the one-hour we were each assigned.
Bookbinding craft party
“Let’s Bind a Book – Bookbinding for Kids” is the brainchild of Ian Tan, who runs The Thistle Bindery. Ian works as a conservation architect with the National Heritage Board Singapore by day, but off hours, the Edinburgh-trained bookbinder is a tireless instructor with impeccable organizational skills.
We — me, Ian and fellow bookbinders and paper artists Mariko Watanabe, Shiao Yi Hui, Lim Kim Choo and Priyanka Gupta Sarvaiya, with the support of a group of facilitators — spent a fun-filled afternoon at this lively community “craft party”.
Because a variety of activities was going on simultaneously, there was a constant buzz at the foyer of the library.
From what I can see, everybody had a great time.
When we were done and about to leave, this young lady Jivita came up to me and asked, “When are you going to have the next one?”
Look out for future events at The Thistle Bindery.
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