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March 12, 2007

Monday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:32 am

Good morning dear readers.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. Were you inspired to make books? Show us what you made.

Something cool…this site was mentioned on a book site in the Netherlands. As far as I can tell it’s a bookbinders guild. Anyone speak Dutch(?) that can let us know. I’ve known that I’ve had alot of readers from other countries outside the US but, as far as I know, this is the first time that I have been mentioned on another book site overseas. (If anyone knows of others, please let me know) Very cool!

If I can get the laundry moved off of the dining room table, so I can take a few photos, I’ll have a tutorial and a product review for you this afternoon or tomm. morning.

I’ll be mailing Amanda’s (our first winner) prize package off tomm. It’s going all the way to Australia. I’ll post a photo of her goodies once she gets the package. Don’t want to spoil the surprise.

I got a nice note about the site via email from Penny Sanford of Penny Sanford Porcelains. She’s the nice woman who shared the heart yo yo pattern I used on my Valentine packages. Her site is not book arts related but if you like fiber related art there’s lots of good stuff to look at.

If you have a LiveJournal account check out the Handmade Books group for some good inspiration. Folks post thier work pretty regularly over there.

Here’s a little leather inspiration for you today. A custom bound copy of the Rubaiyat.


The style is a French binding. The book is covered in dark blue goatskin with leather inlays and false raised bands on the spine. It has custom made enpapers to match the theme and illustrations that were drawn by the wonderful artist and illustrator Violet Gold. The head is gilded and blind tooled impressions were made in the gold. This was my very first leather binding. It’s not perfect but I love it’s look and feel. I made this while in Texas studying binding with Pamela Leutz back in the summer of 1994.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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  1. Hi Jackie ~ just a quick note to tell you how much I enjoy your blog.
    I’m attending Art & Soul (VA) in May and I’m wondering if you will be too?
    Would enjoy meeting you and seeing your work in person


    Comment by Catherine — March 12, 2007 @ 11:43 am
  2. Boekbehoud means ‘book preservation’, or simply ‘the keeping of books’ :)
    The site says it’s an informative site about handbookbinding, bookpreservation and bookrestauration. :)

    Rough translation of the entry:
    Site Artbookbinding

    On http://www.tjbookarts.com/, a site which has been online for one year now, several interesting interviews with professional binders and bookartists will be published in time. At this moment an interview with Keith Read, a binder who has bound - and written - many books already, can be read. He is known because of his glueless bookstructures.

    Comment by ilaani — March 14, 2007 @ 2:45 pm
  3. Thanks Ilaani.

    Comment by jackie — March 14, 2007 @ 3:02 pm
  4. Wow… what a beautiful book!!!

    Comment by Anne — March 15, 2007 @ 7:33 pm

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