right around the time i decided that i was no longer interested in selling my work on commission in local shops, i did some deep cleaning in the boxes, drawers, and closet of my office. damn, i have a lot of paper. and most of it is cut down to a certain size, intended for a project i never followed through on. i hate throwing things away (i would recycle any paper i decide to purge), so finding the paper was the kick-in-the-butt i needed to make stuff. i contacted a local shop to see if they were interested in restocking any of my work, and i was surprised at the size of the list they sent me. since sales in my etsy shop have been really slow in recent months, i’ve decided that commission is probably the best way for my work to end up in new hands. so i’ve been squeezing in a little bit of making between work, school, and other life stuff.
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charlotte rivers has a new book out, little book of bookmaking, and i’m in it! yay! charlotte’s last book, i heart stationary, also featured some of my punched work. what an honor to have been asked again!
speaking of punched work, over the weekend i punched a bunch of cards for the first time in months, and gave myself i giant blister in the palm of my hand. ouch. guess i lost that callus…
i finally bound this book for my brother and his wife. it took me a year. everything was ready, all i needed to do was punch holes and bind. a year. oy.
it contains all the photos i took with my fuji instax camera at their wedding on july 4, 2013. all but one photo was shot in landscape format, so orientation of the book is landscape. i found almost all the necessary letters for the cover in my craft stash, but needed to use a “v” for an “a.”
it took me a while to remember how to bind in the coptic style, which is crazy, since there was a time i could bind 5 books in an evening. i sometimes miss those production nights.
my first book binding class was during my senior year of college, and in addition to learning different binding techniques, we also learned how to make double-tray clamshell boxes. we made our boxes following the library of congress instructions, boxes for the protection of books.
as the end of the year neared, our instructor told us our final project should be a portfolio of some sort, something to hold work we’ve created. i decided to make a giant clamshell box. dimensions:18 x 14-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.
it took me a full weekend to make, and it was all i did that weekend. i remember sitting on the floor of my tiny apartment in loring park, surrounded by pieces of book board, carefully cutting and measuring, gluing boards together (the tray walls of the clamshell are 2 boards thick), pressing the boards and waiting for them to dry, covering every piece with paper, and all the while keeping track of the paper and board grain to reduce tension that could cause my box to pull apart after a few years.
when i brought it in to class on the day our portfolios were due, my instructor’s eyes widened a bit when she saw my clamshell. apparently i had taken the project too literally, and she was expecting simple folios. i had gone much farther with the project than expected. but it didn’t bother me that i had probably worked harder than anyone else in the class. while creating my portfollio was an intense and complex and nerve-wracking process, i had loved every minute of it.
it’s been stored in the back of a closet for over 15 years, and hasn’t been treated well. it’s dirty, has a little water damage, has been banged around… and when i pulled it out recently the weight of the project boards within it were just too much for the hinges and the top separated from the bottom. i’ve said my goodbyes.
still working on the binding. not quite sure what i’m doing, but i think i’m getting there…
i’ve had the rainbow paper for over a year now, and while the original idea for it didn’t turn out, i’ve come up with another idea… more to come soon!
i started making these little paste paper mini journals in january. i was going to make a big batch, but then i ran out of glue, and still haven’t gotten back to them. and now that i’m taking another look, i think they’ll make better gifts than items for my etsy shop…
i’ve finally made the little books from the little collages i made with the east side girls in february. i color copied the original, then cut, fold, cut. final size is about 2 x 2.5 inches.
i’ve decided that instead of coming up with new ideas and buying supplies to execute them, i need to use the materials i have at hand. and it’s been fun! the first project: garden journals!
i had green spiral binding (an impulse buy) and a big stack of 80 lb cover weight paper, cut down to 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches. from there i designed & created the punch template for the front cover, and i did cheat a tiny bit by buying a big sheet of kraft board to make the covers.
yeah, the temps here are in the single digits, and it seems to be dark or grey all the time, but thinking about gardens and bare feet in the grass keep me going.
the garden journals are in my etsy shop!
my new book chairs : a polaroid collection arrived last friday! the size is same as my first polaroid book with jen victoor (W O R D), and it feels so good in my hands!
within are 30+ chair photos, all taken with the last production batch of polaroid film. i’m so sad that my film stash is very, very low, but i am so glad i put this book together so i can share my favorites!
chairs : a polaroid collection is available in my etsy shop! and to celebrate, i’ve dropped the price from $19.95 to $14.95 until friday the 16th. treat yourself! buy 2, buy 3!
i’ve been taking polaroid photos of random chairs since 2009 (it started with this one) and it’s now an obsession. i want to take an instant photo of a chair in every city i visit. and i still visit the source of the first photo in saint paul on lazy sunday afternoons, looking to see what new chairs might be on the sidewalk.
i kept thinking i’ll do a book when i’m done taking photos of chairs but then i realized i’ll probably never be done taking photos of chairs, so let’s do a book now! life is short!
the book is called chairs : a polaroid collection, and features 35 of my favorite chair polaroids. more than half of the photos haven’t been shared with anyone, so there’s lots of new chair goodness! the book is currently in production, and i’ll share more photos once i have have the book in hand. if you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy, you can purchase via etsy or by clicking the “buy now” button in the sidebar to the right. the book will ship november 19.
i’ve got a little collection of fabric. and i’ve got a bunch of journal text blocks. gonna make some books. soon.
i started these books in the friday gathering i had with the east side girls at the end of june. i’d get a book started so i could demonstrate the sewing, then i’d set it down to help others or to get ahead on cutting covers. i set them aside that night, ran off to missouri, and i finally finished them this week. they’re so fun to sew!
the east side girls came over on friday night for some bookmaking. i wanted to find a technique that i was pretty sure no one had done before, so i went to kevin smith’s non-adhesive binding, vol. 2: 1- 2- & 3-section sewings, and decided to start simple with a 1 section (8 sheets folded in half) binding, then try a 2 section (2 sets of 8 sheets folded in half) binding. and at the end of the night, we tackled a tricky 3 section binding.
so, while i haven’t felt very creative lately, i’ve been doing my best to facilitate creativity for others.
sonya picked out the book cloth from my sample book when i was in san francisco last february. she requested the book lie flat, and at its size, (11 inches by 17 inches) spiral binding was the best option. i had hoped to use a card stock/cover weight paper inside, but at 100 pages, it got too thick for my little binding machine (and i just could not turn it over to a stranger at a copy shop). so instead, i used the heaviest text weight paper i could find, which is a good thickness at 80 lb, and bound it myself. my binding machine never closes the coils in a perfect circle, and i went through a couple of coils before i gave up and accepted the wonky spots.
i punched “100″ into the cover, all the way through, including the inside end paper (which i usually don’t do), and i love that when the book is closed it’s not easy to see the “100″ but when you begin to open it, the design becomes apparent as light comes through the holes.
hello, hello! welcome to monday. over the weekend i finally finished the custom order above. i have been saying no to custom orders that come my way, but i just can’t say no when i’m asked to make a book for someone’s wedding. i guess there’s a little romantic in me yet!
while i loved designing the guest book/album with the bride-to-be, i did drag my feet a little on the production. i definitely prefer my creative time be on my terms. but now that it’s finished, it’s fun knowing my work will be a part of a big day!
a few months ago i was in an art supply store and i walked by some gold block printing ink. i kept walking, then stopped and back tracked, and added gold ink to my purchases. i had no project in mind, but walk away from gold block printing ink?! no!
i ended up using it on chipboard, along with white, cyan, and magenta inks and my triangle block. (for some reason i think “harlequin” when i see the result. is it the color? the diamond pattern that the charactors wore? they were a favorite of picasso.) last weekend i made some small wire bound notebooks, and a couple are in my etsy shop.