Capturing a sense: A film shoot.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. The Travelling Bookbinder's Edinburgh studio

We’re delighted to invite you to the official unveiling of a short film.

Back in January, which feels a world away now, I was lucky to spend a week with a film-maker, capturing a sense of my work as an artist, teacher and traveller.

I wanted to share my joy of bookbinding and the myriad possibilities of interpreting your surroundings within the pages of your own handmade book – whether these places are close to your heart or alive in your imagination.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Sarah Mason photographer and film maker

Sarah Mason hails from Hebden Bridge – we have mutual connections with the many creative people there – and has developed a particularly thoughtful style. Her belief that ‘every life is a wonder to watch,’ combined with a careful, considered eye, translates into film gold.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Sarah Mason filming on location in Scotland

Sarah’s approach perfectly complements the tone of my book Bound, which glows with Susan Bell’s atmospheric images. I knew that working together would be a truly collaborative experience that could produce something special.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. The Travelling Bookbinder's Edinburgh studio

In order to reflect the contrasts between urban and island life (I live in Edinburgh and on the Isle of Iona) the shoot took place in my city studio and on the East Lothian coast.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Buckthorn at Gullane in January 2020

We were extraordinarily lucky with the weather.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Sarah Mason photographer and film maker

Working with Sarah Mason Photography and Films is a total delight. She is engaged, generous, intuitive, patient and focused. Recommended for all your moving-image needs, but her online mentoring sessions are an especially valuable resource now.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Beach finds, shell collection

The beaches featured in the film are Gullane and Yellowcraigs. The lighthouse in the final scene is on Fidra (said to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson’s book Treasure Island.)

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Fidra Island and Sarah Mason, film shoot loaction.

It was a busy few days, as we also shot a series of how-to films in response to the most frequently asked questions about bookbinding techniques. The first of these, explaining grain direction, is now available on The Travelling Bookbinder’s YouTube channel.  You can subscribe to this for notifications of each new film as they are published over the coming weeks.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Driftwood bobbins with linen thread

Huge thanks to Edinburgh, Golden Hare Books, Contini, Greyfriar’s Art Shop, Armchair Books, WASPS and Soderberg. None of this is possible without Barbie Lyon.

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Bookbinder at work, with tea

Check out Susan Bell Photography’s book work.

Enjoy the film, and please do tell us what you think of it!

The Travelling Bookbinder film shoot. Evening at Yellowcraigs.

One thought on “Capturing a sense: A film shoot.

  1. Good morning! Hope that you are all well – including Snuffy here!
    Absolutely love the film, you must be thrilled with it, it captures the essence of Edinburgh and Iona ( as I imagine it after following your posts)
    Looking forward to catching up soon!
    Much love, Ali.x

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