White on white never fails! Like I mentioned on Monday, this year is turning out to be the year when I dig into my personal supply stash and work with the most precious materials. For this wedding photo album I used some vintage lace and antique hand-woven linen from my personal stash.
The linen fabric was passed down to me by my mother along with some other family heirloom fabrics, and I’ve been using it very sparingly. It has a gorgeous silky sheen I’ve never seen on any other fabric. I only have a long and narrow strip cut from the selvedge – maybe the leftovers from the making of some fabulous bed sheet – so I’ve been on the lookout for something similar from the day I first put my hands on this fabric. So far no luck, but it has to be out there! Until I find some more, this fabric continues to make extremely limited appearances in my work.
The cotton broderie anglaise is also one of the prettiest I’ve seen – so beautifully made and in perfect condition. It gives the front cover that final touch of something special. One the inside, that job is up to little specks of gold on the white endpapers. All pretty minimalistic, but still so very elegant.
January has treated us with some beautiful days, and finally it’s possible to take photos as late as twenty to two in the afternoon! I wish I could bottle up the wintertime daylight for bleaker moments year round; it feels so precious and rare it should be able to fix any bad mood. Right now I’ll have to settle with celebrating the small victories, like finally getting proper photos taken of this gold-spined album I made in the darkest days of 2017.
As promised, 2017 will also be a year for more tutorials: Next Thursday I’m sharing with you a beginner-level bookbinding tutorial perfect for some super special Valentine’s Day gifts! See you in a week!
A memory orchard – we’ve all got those, right? More and less concrete. At least that’s how I feel after contemplating the matter. The memory orchard text has been cooking in my idea folder for long enough, and now it’s finally out in the world. I have a feeling 2017 will be the year when I make mixed media pieces out of those precious little bits I’ve been scared of using, for one reason or another. So far things are looking good.
Always hiding little details in my work: see Pearl above.
The squiggly pins at the spine edge of the book cover remind me of asemic writing (not that I’ve ever immersed myself into the scene). The pins are in fact extremely old, and found from the foreshore of the river Thames (gifted to me by dear C on our mudlark last October): bent and twisted, probably by both people long, long gone, and the tides and pebbles of the river.
And tempted by the tides, the city, the Giacometti exhibition, and by a great plane ticket deal, two Finnish poets are now anxiously waiting for their return to London come summer. Wasn’t planning on it, yet, but hey, it happened. Again.
Thanks so much for your wonderful response to last week’s blog post of tips and resources for beginner bookbinders! I truly appreciate all the messages and likes you send my way! As I also got to answer quite a few bookbinding related questions, I came to think of making another Instagram Office Hours session happen sometime soon. Maybe even with one-on-one feedback/coaching with a few lucky bookbinders on Instagram! What do you think? Want me to look at your book photos and tell you everything you’ve been doing wrong? Just kidding, I’m actually pretty nice, and I’m good at giving actionable feedback.
This year I have every intention to spend more time away from art and bookbinding. To most people that sound like a terrible idea, but not to me. I’ve mentioned before I’m writing my second poetry book, and writing requires more room for breathing than I had last year. I was invited to perform at a local poetry club last Tuesday, so I had a pretty good reason to go into editing mode and finally put together something that resembles a near-finished text. It felt great, the performance went really well, and I had a fun night afterwards. So, now I hope to pick up from where I left on Tuesday and assemble more decent text now that I’m on a roll.
Between the hours of rearranging text both in files and as a cut up mess on the living room floor I made some new bullet journals for the shop. There are still some bullet journals with kraft paper pages left from the earlier lots but the situation with the white dotted grid journals was getting desperate. To ease the situation there are now six large bullet journals and two slimmer ones now available.
These slimmer bullet journals are just the thing for people liking the tall and slim Traveler’s notebooks but wanting something more unique. The measurements aren’t identical, though – the slim books measure 13×20,5×1,2cm / 5.1″x8.1″x0.5″, giving you a bit more width than the Traveler’s notebooks. The larger bullet journals measure 14,4×20,5×1,2cm / 5.7″x8.1″x0.5″ and both have 72 pages of off-white 90gsm drawing paper with grey 5mm dotted grid. You can find the larger bullet journals here, and the slim ones here. As always, only one in each colour was made, so speed is your friend if you’re after something particular!
Funnily enough I seldom get papercuts while binding books, but poetry gets me every time… And my next project is a mixed media related one, and one that will most likely give me bleeding fingers, too.