So I just got back from Japan yesterday.Sorry that I wasn't more up front about the timing of my trip. I'm one of those people who isn't comfortable revealing travel plans online, especially when my house is being left unoccupied. It's tough for me to exist in that intersection of social media and safety.I spent a lot of my trip fighting the urge to post pictures on Instagram.That said, I have so much to share with you.I loved Japan. It's that simple. The place is magical. The people are beyond friendly (and polite and kind and generous).I've got at least a dozen blog posts cued up. This is going to be an extensive blog journey.At this point, I have to admit that I suck at history. I wish I were one of
22 Jun 2016 Continue Reading

Introduction to Miniature Books – Including Materials to Make Them Now

Welcome to my fifth post in my series of Japanese bookbinding book reviews.I bought this book back in at the Kinokuniya in Beaverton, OR (near Portland). I was in town for the Focus on Book Arts conference and thought I'd swing by the store on my way there.If you decide to check out the bookstore, please note that it's located inside the Uwajimaya Asian Food Market - it's really weird.Title: Introduction to Miniature Books - Including Materials to Make Them Now (many thanks to Jill for the translation)Author: Misuzudo BinderyISBN: 978-4-7661-2474-3Publisher:  Graphics, Inc.Year published: 2013Paperback: 47 pagesThis book reads left-to-right.Let me start off by saying that this book is way cool for the following reason - it includes all of the project materials you need in a box that's built into the back cover. This
15 Jun 2016 Continue Reading

Just Little Books

After more than 5 ½ years, I'm finally returning to my Japanese bookbinding book reviews. Since I'm going to Japan this summer (and will likely buy more books when I'm there), I figured that I should present the remaining books in my current collection.If you'd like to check out my previous reviews, you can do so here.The book I'm focusing on today is the fourth in my series of reviews, and the second one written by Miyako Akai.Title: Sonomama Mamehon (Just Little Books)Author: Miyako AkaiISBN: 978-4-309-27206-1Publisher: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, PublishersYear published: 2010Paperback: 96 pagesI wrote a brief background on Akai in this post, so I won't repeat that here. In short, she's pretty nifty. Like her book ABCs of Making Miniature Books, this book reads left-to-right.Pages 2-13 show images
10 Jun 2016 Continue Reading


Holy crap, I'm going to Japan this summer.Perhaps you've taken a look at my Book Arts/Paper Arts in Japan spreadsheet, which to date includes over 70 resources. And I'm sure that I haven't even scratched the surface.There's no way I'm going to see all of those places, as much as I'd like to. The fact remains that I'm taking this trip with my hubby and we need to do some non-paper things too. I'm a good wife.So what's the plan? Here's what it's looking like so far:TokyoTokyu Hands: This is the mother of all craft stores.Kinokuniya: Because for some reason, having nine Japanese bookbinding books isn't enough.Parco Book Center: Backup plan for if I can't find enough books at Kinokuniya.Masumi: This place has supplies for the conservation
8 Jun 2016 Continue Reading

Penland 2016 fall session

I visited the Penland School of Crafts for a CERF board meeting, back when I worked there a million years ago. The place is gorgeous. The fact that I was there and it wasn't for a workshop haunts me to this day.I've got Penland on my Book Arts Bucket List - one day I'll get back there. This I vow.They've got an amazing lineup of book arts workshops and instructors for their 2016 fall session. Check 'em out:During Session 2 (October 23 - 29), Mary Uthuppuru is teaching Box Making for Book Artists:Students in this workshop will create modified clamshell boxes. We’ll discuss how boxes can reflect the nature of the items stored inside while maintaining a cohesive design. Decorative techniques will include raised and recessed surfaces, stenciling, and wrapping curved board edges. While
2 Jun 2016 Continue Reading

Open Studio Weekend recap

Another Vermont Open Studio Weekend has come and gone!I had a fairly consistent crowd on both days, which was awesome. So many wonderful people came by to visit.And there were kids! I don't often have little ones in my studio. One of the highlights for me was watching a baby play with my book press. What a cutie!The night before the event, I looked in the studio and wondered how I'd be ready in time. The image below doesn't look that bad, but trust me - it was way worse earlier that day.Seriously - I am the Queen of Piles.The next morning rolls around and somehow it all comes together. I swear, it wasn't me that got it done. Well, maybe it was me, but it was Zombie
31 May 2016 Continue Reading

Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Welcome to the 2016 Book Arts Guide to Vermont Open Studio WeekendIt's time for my annual rundown of the book artists participating in Vermont Open Studio Weekend (coming up on May 28 & 29). Some of these talented folks are also members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont, an organization I hold near and dear to my heart.I created the Google map at the bottom of this post, which includes all of the studios to help you plan your travels. I wish I could say that the book arts studios are close to each other, but they're not. Sad face.I'll be referring to studios by both name and number - the number refers to a listing in the green Vermont Studio Tour Guide. The colors of the studio numbers in this
21 May 2016 Continue Reading

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