Wednesday, September 15, 2010

If you'd like to swap for one of my journals...

I'm swapping for something fun. I'm really holding out for that backpack for Jadon but the items offered so far are very tempting.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Longstitch Books

Longstitch Bookbinding Class 
at the Central Utah Art Center 
in Ephraim, UT

September 18th 10am - 1pm - $45

You'll have the opportunity to create a longstitch leather book and we'll discuss different techniques used to make them unique: 
closures, antiquing, painting, burning and more. 

The fee includes the materials for the longstitch book you will make and keep.

If you would like to come please contact me or The CUAC.

Below are a few longstitch books that Daniel and I have made in the last year or so. This really is my favorite structure to use and therefore, I use it for my own journals and sketchbooks.  This book not only opens flat, but if you use the leather or another flexible material, you can bend the book back on itself like a spiral notebook. It makes it convenient, especially if you want a larger sketchbook format but not the awkwardness of a large size when opened just flat. 

This is my journal which you can read about here.

This is a recent artist book I made which you can read about here.

You can also see more burned leather books on a past post here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Back by Popular Demand! Cord Bound Book Class at Provo Art & Frame

We're moving to Ephraim next week and so I'm postponing the Artist Book Workshop for a later date (will be announced later).

I've had a few requests to do another Cord Bound Book Class at Provo Art & Frame and so I've scheduled that in place of the Artist Book Workshop.

The class will be held from 10am - 2pm on Saturday, September 25th. If you'd like to sign up please contact me via email so I can prepare a materials kit for you.

Cord Bound Book Examples that I've made in the last couple of years:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Breathing for a bit....

So I have massive amounts of custom orders and I took a break today (sorry to my customers!)

I made one custom order and then I made the book for the BEST Book Swap. I belong to a group of bookbinders, we're located all over the world, we make all sorts of different books and we all sell on Etsy.

BEST (Bookbinding Etsy Street Team) has a book swap that we do every few months. We each make a book and send it to another participant of the swap. I'm excited to see the book on it's way to me from Turkey. I still need to show off the book I received from the last book swap too so maybe I'll do that soon :)

I loved making this book and being a bit creative with it :)

I don't have the dimensions because I forgot to measure the book before it went out. Here are some lovely photos though. (A lot of photos because I think Daniel liked this one.)

Top View Open. This book has an accordion spine with sewn pages.

It's such a fun book structure. It sort of looks like a stack of old envelopes.
The inside endpapers and the pages are all archival tea stained pages.

View of the accordion spine with dark brown linen thread.
Lokta paper was used for the spine.

Here's the book all nice and closed. The buttons were pulled off of an old shirt and I knotted the linen thread to make the tie around cord.

This is the back. Old stamps from everywhere. This was my son's favorite thing about the book and he was disappointed that he couldn't play with it.

You can see the book all nice and closed here. The cord wraps around the buttons, one on front and one on back. 

The Front Cover. This envelope was sent to me when I purchased a bunch of old stamps from someone. The envelope is from 1929 and I love it. My favorite things are the way it's addressed "Special Delivery" as well as the fact that someone wrote measurements on the left side of it. (Who doesn't use envelopes for random jottings?) And I also love that someone wrote in red ink "Very old, 1929" right on it. Who did that?! Haha!

This is the back with all it's stamp loveliness.