Leather journals, aka, every birthday present to loved ones for the past year, are very simple to make. Blog post with a step-by-step how-to is coming soon. If you live in St. Louis like me, I highly encourage you to check out my go-to leather warehouse: S-T Leather, where you will rind reams and reams of scattered leather of all shapes, sizes and patterns. You will also smell like leather for 2 weeks.
To see more bookbinding work, see here.
As always, I credit Amy Thompson for being a wonderful teacher.
This project resulted in the album artwork for a single by Somalian born artist, K’Naan. The song “Wavin’ Flag,” now made famous as the official 2010 World Cup theme song, describes overcoming unspeakable trauma K’Naan faced in the Somali Civil War as a child before escaping to America at 13 years old.
I chose to make a flutter book, meaning all of the spreads fold out into a (waving) flag once unfolded and flipped over. I also made a case for the CD and booklet.
A project to compile various works by the author Wendell Berry. The theme here is windows and circles: windows into the life of the author and the scenes he depicts in his stories. The book is bound with long stitch, and the cover is printed using Canson thick black sheets and black ink on an IKON CPP 500.
Sometimes sitting in front of a computer screen all day makes me mad, and I need to get out and do some hands-on work.
That’s how I ended up developing a love for bookbinding and letterpress printing. Paper Boat Studios was my gateway in, and Amy Thompson deserves all credit for teaching me how to tackle big machinery.
To see leather journals specifically, see here.
A book I bound of pictures I took of my friends in their elements. Subsequently, by photographing people I care about and surround myself with, you end up with an idea of me in my element.
To get the full experience, see the complete project here.