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February 28, 2008

Over the hump… for now…

Filed under: Interesting artists, Recent News, online tutorials — jackie @ 8:31 pm

Hey there readers…

I feel like a slacker in the book making department. I have been so busy with mid term work in my classes the past couple of weeks that I haven’t been able to participate in the Flickr group challenges. Thanks so much to those that have. I appreciate all who have risen to the challenge and taken on a theme or two. Hopefully you have been learning something as well as having fun with it. Also, do take a peek over at the Flickr site now and again because it’s not just for posting challenges. There are some great examples of reader’s books there. Lots of great inspiration for aspiring binders.

Don’t forget that starting this Saturday March 1 it’s our two year “blogaversary” here at TJBookarts and I’m planning a few special things each week to celebrate.

Of note…

Check this out, a whole book on the book arts available for download in chapters from the Booklyn Artists Alliance. Included are instructions for one-sheet, coptic, flag, accordian, stab and pamphlet books. The downloads require a little patience as they are large but well worth it.

If you do download the book, consider making a donation to the Booklyn site to help further their work. From the site: “Booklyn’s staff works tirelessly to put books in the hands of the people and to encourage the people’s hands to make more books.

This age of slick, offset, corporate-controlled publishing is also the age of photocopied zines, artist books, desktop publishing, and the small press. Booklyn’s mission is to encourage the proliferation and appreciation of people-made books as an antidote to industry-produced counterparts.

Founded in 1999, Booklyn is an artist-run, nonprofit organization headquartered in Brooklyn, New York. Our mission is to promote artist books as an art form and educational resource; to provide educational institutions and the public with programming involving contemporary artist books; and to assist artists in exhibiting, distributing, and publishing innovative bookwork. ” You can read more on their website here.

While you are there, definitely take a look at some of the artist’s books in the artist’s section by clicking on their names. There are some pretty cool books there.

More stuff to check out… 

Here is an interesting interview with Emma Jane Hogbin of the somewhat defunct (I say somewhat because the site has been in renovation for some time now) website “Strange Little Girl”. She does have a new blog but it is not book arts related like the old one was.

I’m always amazed at the books posted on Google Books that you can look through. I recently came across this one on making fabric memory books by Lesley Riley.

Of course you can’t print the books on Google books and some of them give you a full preview while others only give you a limited preview of the book but, there is definitely enough to look through and decide if you’d like to add it to your library. If you do a search on making books you come up with alot of great titles. Check it out. Also, do a search on bookbinding and you’ll come up with a few good ones such as this one by one of my readers Joanne B. Kaar.

See you on Saturday!

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June 3, 2007

The passing of a book artist…

Filed under: Morning Musings, Recent News — jackie @ 8:04 pm

I found out yesterday that Edna Sara Lazaron died Thursday at the age of 83. Edna was a pioneer in the field of book arts. I never officially met her though I lived down the street from her for a time when I was growing up. I didn’t know about her as an artist back then but have heard alot about her since taking up bookbinding. You can read a bit about her life in this article from our local paper.

Here are a few links to sites with examples of her book art.





For those of you patiently waiting, I will not be able to release the album guide until next weekend. I have a few more edits to do and want to have it proof read by someone to make sure all the steps are easily understandable.

Also, I will be away from the home computer for the next few days for a much needed visit with the parental units. I’m taking a laptop and will have a decent hookup but I’m not sure if I’ll have time to post in the mornings. They go to bed with the chickens so I’ll try to check in during the evenings. :)

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February 23, 2007

Booty haul…

Filed under: Recent News — jackie @ 8:48 am

As promised I’m back with my quilt show booty haul report. 

Quilt show booty

In the foreground there are a few fat quarter batik fabrics that will become book covers as well as a piece of teal Duponi silk. There are some Shiva paintsticks and leaf rubbing plates which will also be used to create cool book covers. (More on this to come) There is a really neat circle cutter for matboard. This will mostly be used in my photography but could also be used for making circular book covers. Not shown is a cool quilt pattern and a quilted backpack pattern because they are not book related.

Yesterday the mail lady brought me the Score-It scoring board that I ordered. I will be testing it out and will have a review of it in the next few days.

So…what have you made? I’d love to see some of the books you all have been inspired to make after visiting this site. I have set up a TJBookarts Flickr group for sharing photos of your books. I will also be posting monthly book challenges over there. I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has come up with.

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February 22, 2007

Filed under: Recent News — jackie @ 7:38 am

Good morning all.

I’m off the the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, Va. this morning to see if I can scare up any cool fabric and ideas for my books this morning. I’ll def. share with you the results of my wallet busting day long adventure.

In the mean time, here’s something to keep you busy while I’m out shopping looking for inspiration to share with you all. Simple instructions for making a Venitian Blind book.

Also…Def. mark your calendars for Thursday March 1st. That’ll be the day that I kick off my month long anniversary celebration. You don’t want to miss it.

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February 18, 2007

My bookbinding life…

Filed under: Recent News — jackie @ 4:06 pm

Writing something about myself and my binding career to put up on the site has been on my list for quite some time. I thought it was time so, I finally sat down and wrote it. Now you can read all about my bookbinding life in my “A little bit about me” section.

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February 14, 2007

Happy Valentines Day!

Filed under: General, Recent News — jackie @ 12:42 pm

I just wanted to stop in and wish everyone a…

 Happy Valentines Day

I’m off to meet a few friends for lunch at an Irish pub. I’ll be armed with the goodies you see in the photo above. In the bag are some cherry scones. They are made from a basic scone recipe from the King Arthur Cookbook (you can find the recipes on line also)and I added dried tart cherries and Fiori Di Sicillia extract which gives the scones a slight hint of lemon. The little tags are Yo Yo hearts made from the pattern I found here. I am a sucker for small items made from fabric.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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February 9, 2007

A little bit of love…

Filed under: Recent News, Ten A Week — jackie @ 8:00 pm

The little Valentine books are finally finished. I’m happy with the way that they have turned out.

The book is 5″ x 5″ in size. The cover is red Duponi silk. There are 12 pages. 11 pages have quotes and room to write your own love notes. There is a red ribbon bookmark with a hematite heart, ruby red glass bead on sterling silver wire. If you are interested in purchasing one you can do so in my Etsy shop.

Valentine Book 2

Valentine Book 1

Valentine Book 3

I’d also like to brag a little tonight. I recently had a private student at the studio who is fairly new to bookbinding but had written a poem for her mother’s birthday and wanted to create a custom binding for it. Below are photos of the finished book and box that holds it. The book is bound in a Japanese stab binding and each page holds a stanza of the poem as well as family memorabillia. She did all the work and added the creativity. I was only in the background to help with the technical aspects. Good job Kristin!

Kristins book & box

Kristins Book box

Oh and in the fashion of Where’s Waldo, can you spot the cat paw in one of the above photos?

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