Tuesday, September 26, 2017


While my shoppe stands almost bare, I am behind the scenes tinkering away every day of the week on new books. I plan to only release a few at a time leading up to Christmas. 

There are larger recycled leather journals featuring various textiles & trims awaiting their finishing touches; others are half way through, some are still forming in my mind. A tidy up takes place, only to need repeating the next day, and the next. 

What is a studio without a little chaos, I say. So let that mess be. It means stuff is happening, the creativity is pouring from you. 

Here is a preview of the larger books I have brewing.

I considered also returning to a design which I have repeated many times over the years - my 'Bundler' & 'Wrapture' books which open up like a present. You can see more of these here

Meanwhile I have been stitching miniature books at night. Two more little artists made it into the store last night. One sold within minutes but the other remains for the time being. I have come up with a new twist on this design, combining my other elements into it. Each time I create one of these I look forward to the next.

Here is the black one, which has sold.

And the little brown one, which I have covered with remnants of the vintage jacket leather, and a tiny snippet of some gorgeous green linen from this book (& also this book) a while back, which I saved a sliver because I loved it so much. I wish I could find more of this linen. 

You will find more necklaces with these combination elements of my work, 
in store leading up to Christmas. 
Keep an eye out on Facebook & Instagram. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Little Artist Returns

I have made and sold so many of these now,
 after first coming up with this design a few years ago. 

They are incredibly fiddly little things, 
but as with all bookbinding techniques,
 they teach me alot of patience.

 There is a sense of slowing down for the mind, 
when I am working. 

Many other artists will understand this.

Now listed, The Little Artist


Friday, September 15, 2017

Vintage Leather Books Preview

In my latest series, I have created a small run of books which have all been crafted from one vintage leather jacket. I painstakingly took this apart, stitch by stitch - and cleaned it up to create the covers for these books.

Each one is unique.

There are:
- 2 miniature soft covered books at 4 inches high
- 1 miniature hard cover Coptic stitched book measuring 3 inches high
- 1 pair of tiny earrings (measuring 22 mm high or 2 cm)
- 1 small Coptic stitched book measuring a little over 3.5 inches wide
- 5 medium Coptic stitched notebooks measuring 5.5 inches tall.

Each book is one of a kind, so no one will have another quite like it.

These will be in my Etsy store 16 September 8:00 am NZST. You can google your time zones to check what time this will be for your country. 

With customers worldwide, it is impossible to find the right time to suit everyone, so my apologies for those who find this is inconvenient.

All the books in this series are under $100.

I have listed them from the largest, to the smallest.

See you in store! X

Bohemian Writer - *SOLD

Into Blue - *SOLD

Poetica - *SOLD

Daydreamer - *Sold

Leather & Lace - *SOLD

Rambling Rose - *SOLD
Into Blue - in Miniature - *SOLD

The Pocket Poet - *SOLD

Daily Companion -*SOLD

Whisper - Miniature Book Earrings

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Miniature Books Preview

 I have been buried in book making. 

This long, slow & gentle process is a huge part of my daily life.

I often think of a sped-up film of me making - often repeating the same actions over and over again. Yet the project will be different. These things do take on a life of their own. Each tiny stitch, each detail, has its own process & story.

This post is a preview of a few miniatures I will be adding to my store on September 6th, 11:00 am NZST.

It is difficult to find the right time to post due to customers all over the world, but I hope this will suit most people. You can google your time zones to find what time this will be for you.

I will have another blog post before this featuring some larger books I will release also.

For now, some tiny and not-so tiny ones. These are all created with recycled & vintage materials. The paper is high quality and sourced for its versatility. 

**All books here have now sold**

This little book is only 2.5 inches high. It is an art object, but functional too.

The Beachcomber, a small linen journal reminiscent of the beach. 3.5 inches high.

This chunky little book is about 3.25 inches high. Recycled leather.

A miniature burgundy leather notebook with lace.

Mini Chocolate brown leather & lace notebook.

Mini Black Leather Notebook with fabric window.

A mini ochre coloured notebook with frayed cotton tie.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Miniatures Update

They are climbing. 

Each is different in size -
 and as always,
 I have used recycled, 
vintage & antique materials
 in these little books. 

Pocket size Storytellers for your story. 

We all have a unique story to tell. 

Sometimes we just need to tell a little one.

I will be announcing the date & time for my store restock shortly.

Sunday, August 6, 2017


I am currently working on a new series of miniature books.
These two were the first. Not glued, no mull - just bare.
I have always loved seeing books at this stage.

This one I covered with parts of a vintage Egyptian leather wallet, 
along with some old lace I had.

 Then I made more, which I covered.

And I didn't stop there.

This little series will be part of my Etsy restock in about one week.

I love returning to this original binding method which was incidentally the second method I was taught to do. The first was Coptic stitching with hard covers - the rest, I am self taught. 

I would take books apart and sew them back together over and over, until they nearly fell to pieces.


So after driving down the old gravel road,
I settle in my little cabin at night,
 by the salt lamp and fire, 
and stitch.

Looking forward to sharing these final creations with you all very soon.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Bubbling Bindery

These days I feel like I need to clone myself, 
so various me's can be at work at once. 

A bit here, 
a bit there, 
oh and can you please vacuum that, and pack those?

I admit to feeling a little overwhelmed at times, but I can only do so much with one pair of hands.

Meanwhile, I wanted to share with you some of the books I have made and sold over the last few weeks. These are enormously time consuming - each tiny detail has a story behind it; a process of its own. My studio practice is extremely slow which I struggled with for years -  but have realised over time that binding is my teacher, and I am the student. 

I know this saying 'There is always a teacher, and a student. Which one are you?'

It slows me down - allows breath, meditation, creativity and intuition to flow. The more I slow down, the more work I can do. It's a funny paradox.

Some creations here, all sold. More will be coming in the next fortnight.

I am active on Instagram - if you would like to follow me please do, click 'Follow' and I can add you. @bibliographica. 



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