Thursday, September 29, 2016

Paper Navigations-Amsterdam

Paper Navigations
The classroom at The Lloyd Hotel, Flow Magazines, stamps and a work in progress.

Ever since meeting Rachel Hazell at a a workshop at Les Soeurs Anglaises in France, I have wanted to take a class from her.
I am happy to say that I just returned from her Paper Navigations class in Amsterdam and it was everything (and more) that I thought it would be.

We folded paper, made books and maps, ate biscuits (cookies) and laughed a lot. There were field trips to some wonderful stationery and paper shops AND we met Irene and Astrid, the creators of FLOW Magazine. My suitcase was so laden with magazines that it was almost over the weight limit.

Flow Magazine
Flow Magazine and a work in progress.

Paper Navigations
Bits and Pieces of a work in progress.

Besides learning some new techniques, I met a great group of amazing and talented people who all shared the desire to create things. 

Paper Navigations
The class included talented ladies from the England, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Canada and the USA

I came home totally recharged (after recovering from the jet lag) and ready to create just for the fun of creating. It is also going to be fun incorporating some of my new skills into my commercial work.

Paper Navigations
I can't wait for my next creative adventure!

If you are a creative person, I can't stress enough how important it is to get out and go on some kind of creative retreat or to take a workshop. You don't have to travel 4000+ miles like I did. Just google classes in your area and sign up for a workshop. I would also encourage you to take a workshop that is a little outside of your everyday norm. The Paper Navigations workshop was all about mapmaking and book making, two things that I have never done.  It really helped me to step outside of the comfortable, little, creative box that I had created for myself.

As we approach the end of another year, maybe taking a creative workshop is a goal you can set for 2017.  

As for me, I have always wanted to take a Macaroon making class. Surely that will be beneficial to my creative path (wink). What class would you take?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. This looks such fun - I'd love to take a class with Rachel. I've never heard of Flow magazine - do you know if it's available in the UK??

    1. It was a lot of fun! Flow should be available in the UK. Sometimes you can find it in English. They also have a website where you can order issues.
      It really is a great magazine for illustrators and creative people. Let me know what you think if you find one!

  2. Haha just returned from Europe and my suitcase was also very heavy due to books and magazines including flow I live in South Africa