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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bundled Up

A new book has emerged, 
either side of tinkering away on some custom orders.

This book feels like a treasure. 
The way it wraps.. 
there is something about it that says
            all the words & sketches which will be on the pages, are sacred.

The leather remnant did not need much altering. 
It was the book, as I found it -
           and it took form of its own accord.

The beauty of intuition.

The endpapers are authentic antique prints 
          - which add an element of mystery.

Over 430 pages here, all individually hand teared & stained.

I love this book, and will be featuring more like it.









Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nautical Notes

I loved creating this new journal, Nautical Notes. 

The linen is thick and luxurious - 
and after I had hand aged & ironed it, 
this took a new turn altogether. 


The linen, after I dyed it. I could sleep on piles of it, like hay.

Half way through stitching. The light here does not reflect the true colour.

The finished piece.
 







Sunday, May 7, 2017

M I A

Where has she gone? 

They ask. 

She's forgotten all about this little space. 

She's off on Instagram, being instant.

Perhaps. But not so glamorously. 

It's been told her little phone is only made for little things.
Still, a presence has been made & connections too, at that. 
What a delightful little world of creatives.

It's true, I miss my posts, stories and poems. 
Writing them, even if no one reads. 

Because, that's not the goal. 

I can be unabashedly me, but differently than in my own journal.

The little journal, which I mistreated by accidentally spilling water on it. 

The bottom corner of the spine was quite wet, leaving but a trace of blurred ink from past thoughts & musings. I am torn between being taken with the additional rusticity and aging of the journal, and losing words. 

I considered going back over the unfinished patchy sentences, and trying to finish them. But I have always had a pet hate for when a pen has run out, and one can see the dented embossed lines from where the writer was unable to write further, then replaced the blank patterns with new ink. 

This never goes down well.

So it sits open, by my pot belly fire, and perhaps this will dry in the night, and become something new.

I have several journals in the making, and will share here, in a few days.


my daily journal
 



Thursday, March 30, 2017

Re-visitations & Flying the Nest

I created a couple new books and was gearing up to share, when both flew the nest before I could blink. Sometimes I browse through past creations and start tinkering with my designs, to incorporate the old & the new, as my perspective alters through time.

Loved creating these books, and I have several in the making, in various stages of completion - which will be drip fed into my store as each one is finished.

Double Expression returned (and is returning) with my twist on the spine, this signature design I have come to incorporate into many of my books. This is a brand new design, which you can expect to see more of in my future work.

The Double Journal prior to stitching the pages in.





The Little Artist returned, and another is in progress.



 


Lastly, Tapestry Tales which first featured 3 years ago, made a comeback.







Friday, March 24, 2017

Journals, revisited..

I have revisited some journal designs using similar materials - because I had some left. I loved seeing the workbench after I had finished, little bits of this & that, strewn about the place - scissors open, glue out - signs that something has been going down.

This is what came of it. 

More imagery than words today, but the best part of the day is nearly over, and the morning air is calling.


The Bohemian - a large version - this book is heavy..!

A delicious dark brown soft leather journal with my hand dyed lace.

Fleur de Lis
The iconic Fleur de Lis - one of my loves!

The Storyteller - this time in a warm rustic recycled brown leather.
Little undressed ones...


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Botanica & Storyteller

I'm still on the super thick journal roll. 

With the success of my storyteller books, I have decided to make this a permanent in my store. I started making them in 2013, and not one of them has stuck around for long. I make variations on each one, but they usually feature one of my delicious large antique keys. This time around I tweaked the book by leaving the leather uncut on the back, as I liked the rusticity of it - and adding this wonderful vintage backing plate which has a distinct weather beaten appearance.






In addition, I have been working away on 'Botanica' which I have just released into the store. This book features vintage hand embroidered linen on the spine - a design which I adopted 4 years ago, and have continued to flow into the vision I hold for my book designs. I will never tire of this combination. 

This particular book features antique paper ephemera from botanical charts and specimens dating around the 1830's. It would make an ideal book for the botanist, herbalist, naturopath or plant enthusiast. There is so much joy to be had, in creating these journals - I am losing myself in them. A larger one is in the making at the moment, in between custom work.













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