First book in Goethe library

I was delighted to hear that a box commission ‘Future Libraries’ that I created will be the first official book in the Goethe Institut’s new library on Merrion Square in Dublin, Ireland. What an honour! I attended the official opening of the library this July, 2018 and met the writers who wrote texts for the commission, as well as head librarian Oya Demirci (pictured above). To see pictures and a video of this interesting commission, go here: http://foldedleaf.ie/story/five-books-one-box/
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GDPR & my privacy policy

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a new, European-wide which comes into force on 25th May 2018 and is designed to give people increased protection and control over their data, and place greater obligations on how all organisations, large and small, handle personal data. As a result of this, I have created a Privacy Policy which describes how and when I collect, use, and share information when you purchase an item from me, contact me, or otherwise use my services through Foldedleaf.ie. 1. Information I collect To fulfill your order, you…
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Galway Bookbinding workshop

In this day-long bookbinding workshop, participants will create a variety of folded books – no stitching required! Starting with the concertina book, we will build up on this binding to create mutant books including a Japanese accordion book, a blizzard book and much more. The objective of this course is to explore the potential of basic book structures, building up on them to create unexpected handmade books. Participants will also gain knowledge of how to use basic book binding tools and the principals of bookbinding including grain direction, gluing and…
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Bookbinding workshops 2018

Here is my schedule of bookbinding workshops for adults for Spring & Summer 2018. I am delighted to be starting courses in the West of Ireland, in the Galway Arts Centre. I teach bookbinding to all ages, levels and abilities. If you are interesting in having a one-to-one workshop or in a smaller group, please contact me at eilis@foldedleaf.ie and I’d be happy to tailor something to suit your needs. 1. Introduction to Bookbinding Where: Galway Arts Centre, Dominick Street, Galway When: 10:30 – 4:30, Saturday 24th February Cost: €75 For more information…
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CRAFTed workshops

I am delighted to be working for the Design & Craft Council of Ireland this year with their CRAFTed programme. I will be working in primary schools in Co Clare and Limerick facilitating bookbinding and printmaking projects. CRAFTed develops the potential for integrated learning using process based creative teaching methodologies through the Visual Arts (VA), and Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE) curricula, while supporting and underpinning numeracy and literacy skills. So learning through craft and fun!
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Museum of Country Life class

I recently gave a multigenerational workshop in the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. The workshop was for Mother’s Day and the participants, young and old, made a notebook for their mothers. The binding was a very simple structure called a Hot Dog book. It is made from 1 sheet of paper, 1 cut and 4 folds – simple but effective! This beautiful museum is located outside Castlebar in Co Mayo, the west of Ireland. It is home to the National Folklife Collection – with interactive displays of traditional crafts and customs…
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Spring 2017 workshops

I will be giving bookbinding workshops across Ireland in 2017 – in Springtime I will be in Galway, Mayo and Dublin. These workshops are suitable for all levels – beginners to advanced. Participants will also gain knowledge of how to use book binding tools and the principals of bookbinding including grain direction, gluing and folding tips. 1. Bookbinding 101 In this one-day workshop, participants will create a variety of folded books – no stitching required! Starting with a simple concertina book, we will build up a collection of books: alternative accordion books, hot dog books,…
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Folded Leaf moves to the Burren

I have recently set up a new bookbinding studio in the Burren, Co Clare. This area in Ireland is renowned for its remarkable variety of plants and animals. Three quarters of Ireland’s species of flowers are found in the Burren. The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place: chunky limestone boulders and pavements cover the landscape. My beautiful studio is located overlooking Lough Inchiquin, Corofin in the grounds of Clifden House, an old landlord’s house. The studio has a split-level mezzanine – with a rickety spiral staircase – meaning that…
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Stormy Petrel exhibition in GPO

I recently had the pleasure to work with the artist’s collective “Stormy Petrel/Guairdeall” – artists Alanna O’Kelly, Orla Ryan and Brian Hand – producing a limited edition artist’s book titled “Thug siad oiche ar guairdeall dom – They left me wandering all night”. This artist’s book formed part of their commission from the GPO Witness History public art commissions 2016 to coincide with the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rising. From 24th April – 2nd May 2016, a sound installation and sculpture will be exhibited in the courtyard of the GPO in Dublin with…
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Workshops in 2016

Want to learn more about bookbinding? Why not come to one of my bookbinding workshops and create your own beautiful books. My facilitation ethos places a strong emphasis on the process of creating and experimentation whilst building your confidence so that you are at ease with creating books in the future, or indeed, showing somebody how to make a book. 1. Sewn Bindings Workshop In this two-day workshop, participants will create a variety of sewn books, which make excellent sketchbooks, journals or artist’s books. Participants will create their own distinctive books, focusing…
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Keep it Irish – Irish Times article

I was delighted to be featured in the Irish Times Christmas gift guide recently. The article by Emma Somers focuses on the work of eight Irish designers whose work offers something a little different from the norm. In relation to Folded Leaf, Emma Somers says: “Using centuries-old binding techniques, Folded Leaf creates one-of-a-kind, completely handmade books. From photo albums and baby books, to albums of birthday/wedding cards and memory books, Eilis Murphy takes treasured moments and turns them into bound volumes that are simply gorgeous. Attention to detail is key,…
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Strangers; Here; Our Selves

Two of my artist’s books – ‘Stayed’ and ‘Recognition’ were on show in the Steambox gallery from 10/9 – 20/9/15, as part of a group exhibition titled ‘Strangers; Here; Our Selves’. The exhibition showcased the work of 18 artists including Mark Connolly, Kaylee Bear Moss, Shay Gilna and Niamh McDermott. ‘Stayed’ is a new artist’s book that is hot off the press. The inspiration for this book was on a series of drawings I made using Ordnance Survey maps and other collage snippets I have been developing over the last few months. The structure…
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Poetic Prints Calligraphy

Poetic Prints is a literary-themed show with ‘Poetic Prints’ inspired by the works of Irish writers such as W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, Oscar Wilde. I was invited to write calligraphy which would complement the theme of the exhibition. The main quote used – Players and painted stage took all of my thought and love, and not those things they were emblems of – is a quote from Yeats’ poem The Circus Animals’ Desertion. As always with calligraphy, the main portion of my time was spent laying out the…
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Letterpress and Bookbinding

I recently co-faciliated a letterpress and bookbinding workshop with printmaker Mary Plunkett in the Creative Spark Art Centre in Dundalk.  Participants were asked to bring in a piece of text that they wanted to print. Mary helped them set their type and print their pages on an Adana press. Once the pages were printed, we bound the books using a Flag binding. This binding is creates an interesting and innovative means of display text and imagery, where the page are split and flow in opposite directions. Each participant also got to create their…
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Sculptural books workshop

Here are some photos from a bookbinding workshop I facilitated in the Graphic Studio Dublin. We made several types of interactive and sculptural books: accordion flexagon books, star books and crown books. Hedi Kyle, an innovative book artist, invented many of these bindings which focus on using folds, rather than sewing or glue, in order to create a book. We also made lots of paste paper. This is an extremely durable form of decorative paper that is used for book covers and endsheets. This method of paper design was invented in the…
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Lorg Printmakers workshop

Here are some photos of the beautiful books that participants made, covered with paste papers that they had designed in this bookbinding workshop held in Lorg Printmakers. The group had a really strong sense of design and pattern which can be seen in their bold designs. Several of the books contain collections of drawing and imagery creating interesting artist’s books. In this workshop, we made accordion flexagons using drawings and collages, flag books incorporating prints and drawings previously made and star books which pop up beautifully when opened.  
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Upcoming workshops in 2015

I will be giving several bookbinding workshops around Ireland in early 2015. These workshops are suitable for all levels – beginners to advanced. Participants will also gain knowledge of how to use book binding tools and the principals of bookbinding including grain direction, gluing and folding tips. 1. Sculptural Books In this two-day workshop, participants will create a variety of non-traditional book structures including flag books, flexagons, star books and alternative concertina books. Through the craft of bookbinding, we will experiment with different forms that will bring sculptural form to your…
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Bookbinding conference

This summer I won a bursary to attend the Society of Bookbinders biannual seminar. This event focuses on training and education with demonstrations of innovative bookbinding techniques such as creative leather dyeing, double-boards leather binding, woven structure binding by experts in that field. Alongside the bookbinding conference was an exhibition of design bookbindings, where copies of Robert Gibbings ‘Sweet Thames Run Softly’ were rebound. Despite binding the same book, the end results were completely different from each other.  
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NIVAL Collection

I recently found out that two of my artists’ books are part of the NIVAL collection in NCAD, Dublin. The National Irish Visual Arts Library was set up in the 1990s with the aim of documenting all aspects of 20th century and contemporary Irish art and design and providing public access to the collection. The library has a large collection of artist’s books and often exhibit them at fairs. It was at this year’s Dublin Art Book Fair that I came across one of my artists’ books on their stand! There are many definitions of…
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Marbling magic

This summer I did a paper marbling course in West Dean College in Chichester. This college was set up by poet and artist Edward James as a centre for conservation and crafts such as bookbinding and clock making.  The house (or castle in my mind!) is set in 6,000 acres of beautiful countryside with an orchard and walled garden beside the house. Marbling was originally used as an anti-fraud measure: if you had a written contract with somebody, it would have been written on marbled paper. Each party would receive…
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