Pocket Journal Making
with amanda whewell

Dates TBA

10.30am - 4.30pm

£45, or £35 concessions

Terms & Conditions

Student numbers are limited to 12

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Make 4 individual mini-journals to fit in your pocket or handbag. Use a range of different media and learn simple bookbinding techniques. Great selection of materials included in the price.

Course schedule:

10.30-11.00 Intro & make an X book for notes during workshop

11.00-12.00 Wet & dry page prep for covers for mini-journals

12.00-13.00 Dry page prep/cutting for journal pages

13.00-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.15 Journal 1 – signature journal – folding & stitched binding

14.15-15.00 Journal 2 – ledger – from pocket to wall hanging, ideal for lists!

15.00-15.45 Journal 3 – concertina – double sided, hard cover, tied fastening.

15.45-16.30 Journal 4 – X book with pockets – folded & glued with pockets to keep things safe!


Based in New Mills, Amanda has a studio in New Mills High School where she is resident artist. She has worked on many community projects and exhibited locally and internationally in solo and group exhibitions.
Graduating as a mature student from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Creative Practice specialising in contemporary embroidery. Amanda uses journals to inspire her projects with drawings, experiments, notes, motivational images and research, intertwined with lists and bits of ephemera from everyday life introducing a diary element.
Outside the journals she works mostly with recycled fabrics, dying, patching and stitching by hand and machine to create new and interesting surfaces for wall display or practical items such as bags or curtains. She says:

“When I work in schools I love the way children embrace art and have so much fun with it, as adults we become self-conscious and critical of our work, seeking perfection rather than enjoying the creative process. Creating a journal is a great way to loosen up, experiment and enjoy art. Whether you show your completed journal to anyone else or keep it to yourself is up to you, but I am sure you will enjoy it for years.”

I use a sketchbook to make drawings, notes and collect memorabilia which influence my work.


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