stepping back into the world of bookbinding

This year I have been very lucky with having the opportunity to focus on writing poetry and that has meant all my bookbinding projects have laid unfinished and forgotten. Now my mental health craves a break from using just words, so I’m hoping to reintroduce bookbinding to my routines and juggle both professions for a while. Last night I folded a huge stack of signatures for some vintage kimono silk journals, but I’m not setting a deadline for finishing them. While things have been quiet here on the blog, there’s been some activity on Instagram and Etsy, so here’s a quick update on new-ish books now available:

A stack of medium/large hardcover journals with recycled paper pages - the paper is suitable for all dry media.

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Large natural linen notebooks with gold details on the front cover and in the endpapers - only one left, I’m afraid!

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You can find the above books in the Paperiaarre Etsy shop. Soon, I hope, I’ll have some gorgeous kimono journals to share with you, and maybe an update on a bilingual poetry artists’ book, too.

Hibernator binds books at last

So I fell off the grid for a while and didn’t even share photos for a few months. An extremely common side effect of depression that comes and goes, so let’s not dwell upon it. Spring is around the corner, and the added number of daylight hours, among other things, has lifted my spirits enough to have me back in the game and binding books. The winter months were reserved for poetry related duties and exultations, but maybe now I’m ready to weave in some paper explorations as well.

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I wanted to start with some very basic bookbinding project so as not to demand too much from myself right away, just do the meditative basic work, and do it well. And with pleasure. A pleasure it was.

The first books were small landscape format notebooks and they were quickly followed by larger books twice their size. You can now find both types in the Paperiaarre shop.

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What next? Not sure at all. Maybe you have a suggestion or two?

hardcover journals & important dates

Unsurprisingly, it’s absolutely hectic in here. Orders flying out the door (thank you!!!!) and new books coming out of the press. There’ll be a roundup post of the Office Hours later, but first I need to get out of this survival mode!

If you want to treat yourself or someone you really like to a Paperiaarre paper treasure this Holiday season, please order by the date listed below:

United States and Canada - Dec 7th
Europe - Dec 13th
Finland - Dec 18th
Rest of the world - Dec 2nd

These dates are based on recommendations by the Finnish postal service, but there's no way to 100% guarantee delivery in time for Christmas if something completely out of the ordinary happens during the holiday rush, so, it's always best to order as early as possible! Thanks so much for your support! It means the world to me have you guys use my books as vessels for your ideas - genious or not!

If you’re after a hardcover journal or two, I’ve got plenty of new options available for you:

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These four books have beautiful print endpapers and 4mm dotted grid pages - perfect for bullet journaling. You can find them here.

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This purple and pink duo has lovely brush stroke print endpapers and blank pages. You can find them here.

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This turquoise one has tons of pages and some extraordinarily beautiful silver print endpapers. You can find it here.

Now I’m off to perform a deadline miracle of sorts - my #areyoubookenough project is still miles and miles away from finished. It’s actually only a hair beyond being just an idea, but I’m still fairly confident I can make it happen tonight!

return to bookbinding

Things have been awfully quiet here for many months now, with just the occasional artists’ book post every now and then. My world has revolved around poetry in the months surrounding the publication of my second poetry book Koko meren laajuus in August. I spent September in Visby, Gotland, Sweden, writing new poems as well as an article about artists’ books (in Finnish only, sorry!), but now it’s finally time to make room for bookbinding again. Today I’m sharing with you a book I finished just before I left for Visby, and some of my favourite photos I took during my stay at the writers’ and translators’ residence. New books are drying in the press as I’m typing this, so new treats are here sooner than you’d think.

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You can find this beauty in the Paperiaarre shop. I love this pairing of teal blue linen and the teal/green leafy print paper I used for endpapers. Coming next: smaller notebooks with print endpapers, but first, let’s take a look at the beautiful Hanseatic city of Visby and the island of Gotland.

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Knowing my home would be taken over by a crew of workmen, I applied for a writers’ residency in Visby for September. Gotland is much farther down South than Helsinki and the weather was brilliant apart from a storm or two, so I actually managed to extend my summer by a month with this trip.

Visby is a very small city (I’d call it a town, but it’s not my business to correct how others describe their home) and the most idyllic part of it is located inside medieval city walls. The residency is inside the walls, on a high cliff, right next to the Visby Cathedral - a location beyond amazing. I enjoyed the views, the sunsets, the smell of apples and pears everywhere, the walks around the city walls and by the sea. Once I got back home it took me a while to adjust to a skyline without a seemingly endless sky playing a big part of the view.

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This is a colour combinations that will definitely show up in my work soon!

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Gotland being mostly limestone, there were fossils everywhere. You could sit down on the pebble beach and pick up dozens of them within your arm’s reach. Even though I spent hours of my “thinking time” sitting on the windy beach, I limited my personal collection to a small handful…

I also got to go on an island excursion with some really nice writers and translators. Met a bunch cows at När Lighthouse (and around some impressive bronze age gravesites, too). Our excursion took place on what felt like the last day of summer, and the island really showed its best to us.

Even more important than the gorgeous surroundings and fantastic sunsets was the community of writers and translators with whom I got to spend my four weeks (and some magnificent dinners). During those weeks some lovely people left and some lovely new people arrived. There was this bittersweet sense of temporariness in the air, which by the way, was unbelievably fresh. All these things feed my creativity and I can’t wait to go back some day (soon, I hope)!

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Cloudy days in Helsinki. Perfect for some poetry stuff, lots of bookbinding, and lots of other creative work, I hope. See you soon.

so many colours!

Apparently I'm still keeping things tiny! Or at least pocket-size!

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This week I finished 18 tiny notebooks while watching the Oscars (fyi, Call Me by Your Name was my favourite film of the year). I didn't think I'd have bookcloth in 18 different colours, but somewhat surprisingly I do. And a bunch of browns, greys and pinks that come in even more shades than the ones I used, too. I don't buy large quantities of bookcloth, so I can have both variety and room to walk around in my home, but I was still slightly shocked what emerged as I started to unroll my stash of bookcloth...

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This dark purple is one of my personal favourites (just got some more from Zelluloos), but I do like them all, especially when they're all together. Still, I'm glad when they soon start making their way to different corners of the world. If you want one, they're now in the shop just waiting for you to pick your favourite(s).

Next week I'll be hard at work with my poetry book, so instead of binding new books and sharing them here I'm going to show you a little peek of the Nordic Bookbinding 2018 exhibition currently on show at the National Library of Finland. It really is worth a visit if you're close by!