Happy Preservation Week!

Hey everyone - it's Preservation Week! This annual event, presented by the American Library Association (ALA), is going on now through April 30th.Here's what the ALA has to say about the event:Memories and treasures should last a lifetime and be passed on to future generations. Sponsored by the ALA’s Association of Library Collections and Services and partner organizations, Preservation Week inspires actions to preserve personal, family, and community collections in addition to library, museum, and archive collections. It also raises awareness of the role libraries and other cultural institutions play in providing ongoing preservation education and information.I have a keen interest in the concept of preservation - it's one of the reasons why I make books. People should tell their stories and be able share them with future generations.So
25 Apr 2016 Continue Reading

Top secret custom order in progress…

I just completed the covers for the super-secret custom project that I mentioned back in January. All of the contributor pages are in, so I'm good to go!I started by determining the placement for an inset book title, which will be letterpressed by the fabulous May Day Studio.I used my X-Acto knife to cut the outside lines, taking three passes on each line. It's easier to do it that way than to try making a deep cut on one pass.Bookboard is evil in that layers don't peel off in consistent, large pieces. They like to be all random and, well, evil. When I have to carve a large inset, I usually make a grid of cuts so that I can just peel off small pieces. It's much
21 Apr 2016 Continue Reading

Book Arts and Paper Arts in Japan

There's a 98% chance that I'll be going to Japan for my summer vacation and I can barely contain my excitement! The 2% of uncertainty is due to the fact that we haven't yet purchased airline tickets.In usual me fashion, I have begun with the obsessive planning. What does that mean? It means that a spreadsheet was born.I love spreadsheets. They make me feel like I'm in control.My spreadsheet includes all of the book arts and paper arts sites that I've found during rabbit hole-type Googling - stores, museums, artist studios, and galleries among them. As of today, there are 50ish sites on the list, the majority of them paper-related.FYI - Just because something is on the list, it doesn't mean that I'm going there. There's no way to see all
14 Apr 2016 Continue Reading

8th Blogiversary prize winner

Many thanks to everyone for offering up your best bookish quotes in response to my 8th blogiversary giveaway! For those of you who missed the quotes, you can check them out in the comments of this post.As a quick refresher, here's the list of goodies included in the prize:Two issues of Bound and Lettered and one issue of the Guild of Book Workers NewsletterOver a dozen printed promotions from the French Paper CompanyPaper sample books of the Construction and Smart White lines from the French Paper CompanyHidden Treasures: The History and Technique of Fore-edge Painting by Jeanne BennettFour metal stencils from Dreamweaver StencilsA border mold by Ten Seconds StudioA marbled bookmark from Chena River MarblersA small roll of bookclothA pack of bookplatesA leather key chain
11 Apr 2016 Continue Reading

Tooling around with Tyvek

As I mentioned in this blog post back in January, I'm working on a custom book that will be a gift for an as-yet-unnamed someone. Blank pages were sent to 100 artists to create artwork for inclusion in the book. They have two months to complete their pages.Since I know the intended recipient, I got to participate as an artist. I noodled the idea around in my brain for weeks before I actually got to work. I decided to do a portrait of the recipient using layers of colored Tyvek.I've only painted Tyvek once before and it was about five years ago - we used it for the binding of a book with wood pages. For this project, my goal was to create Tyvek in three shades - light grey, medium grey, and black.Coincidentally, when I
6 Apr 2016 Continue Reading

Happy 8th Blogiversary!

Today is the eighth anniversary of the day I started this blog!Out of curiosity, I looked up the traditional and modern anniversary gifts for year eight. Here's what I found:Traditional: Pottery/BronzeModern: Linens/LaceIn order to satisfy both the traditional and modern themes, I have no choice but to buy myself some Bronze Momi and Ogura Lace papers - right?Over the years, I've attended many events that offer swag to attendees - it's like getting bookbinder goody bags. I love bags of stuff - don't you? On top of that, I've collected duplicates of printed promotions that come with supply orders.In honor of my blogiversary, I've decided to share the love. I'm having a giveaway!So what does the prize look like? Well, it's about 2.5 pounds of goodness:Two issues of Bound and Lettered and one issue of the Guild
3 Apr 2016 Continue Reading

Chinese Sewing Box – the sequel

In my last post, I talked about the Chinese Sewing Box workshop I attended with Erin Sweeney. I decided to take another run at the structure on my own. Luckily, we were given a mini kit to take home after the workshop - thanks Erin!I tackled the square Masu boxes without any difficulty. Hooray! Then came the thread containers. Oy.I reviewed my template (with its written instructions). I started folding the paper and quickly came to the realization that I had no idea what the heck I was doing.I opened the template. I closed the template. I tried to do the same thing with my new paper - I could not get the dang thing to collapse correctly. Could you hear me swearing from wherever you are?There was no
1 Apr 2016 Continue Reading

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