My name is Jackie Poutasse.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â
Since I was a child I have been attracted to book covers. As a teenager I used to ride the bus down to the local used books store and buy books with my allowance. I would choose them based on the covers more than for the stories they held.
I Ã¢â‚¬Å“discoveredÃ¢â‚¬? bookbinding in the early 90Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s when I read an article on book recasing by Vincent Schiavelli in a book called Craft Digest. During that time bookbinding had not gained the main stream popularity like it has today. There was very little information that was easily available on the art of book making. My first tries at bookbinding were not very good but I persevered.
In 1994 I spent two weeks with binder Pam Leutz in Dallas, Texas learning leatherwork and French style binding. I started selling my books at art and craft shows the next year and eventually started learning how to repair and rebind books. I learned a lot by working on my own and talking with and learning from other local book restorers/bindersÃ‚Â who were in the area at the time.
From 1997 to early 2000 I operated a small bindery in the Ghent section of Norfolk, Virginia. In early 2001 I took some time off from binding and repairing books for other people. I choose instead to concentrate on my own artwork.
Another one of my lifeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s passions has been photography. A few years ago I left the corporate world to pursue a career in portrait and wedding photography. You can see some of my work on my photography site.
Surprisingly enough my work in photography has brought me back to bookbinding. I have realized that there is a need for information in regards to album and bookmaking that is geared towards working photographersÃ‚Â who would like to make their own albums. I am hoping that this site and the information that I continually post on it will help fill that need.
I currently reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia and as well as working at my photography, I teach bookbinding at several local art centers as well as privately in and around the Hampton Roads area. My work is exhibited in The Red ThreadÃ‚Â Studio in Suffolk, Virginia as well as in the Valley Green Gallery in Nellysford, Virginia.