Have your halls been decked, some sort of tree trimmed, stockings nearly stuffed?
Most importantly: have all of your shopping requirements been filled?
That’s what I thought! You and I are in exactly the same boat.
Perhaps you have a bookbinder-to-buy-for, and guess what? You’re in luck! Today’s installment of All You Want For Christmas focuses on a selection of book arts gifts so special, you may want to give yourself a little something!
Book artist and fine binder Shanna Leino creates beautiful objects. Not only are her books incredible, but she’s one of those artisans who believes that life’s too short for boring tools. If you’re a tool geek like me, you’ll covet her hand carved bookbinding awls and bone folders the moment you lay eyes on them.
These beauties can be ordered online from Talas, under the header “Boutique Tools” which make them seem twee and quaint. But don’t let that fool you: these are tools for book artists, by a book artist.
Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books is in constant use around my studio, whenever I want to jump-start my imagination or share a new structure with a friend. Whether you’ve made books for years or would like to introduce someone to the world of making books, this is a great place to start! FYI: this book is a compilation of three of Alisa’s previous books: Creating Handmade Books, Unique Handmade Books, and Expressive Handmade Books.
Stop for a moment and imagine, if you will: it’s January 2013. The holiday season has calmed down; things are settling back into what passes for “normal”. For Christmas, you decided to treat your best friend (and yourself) to “The Medieval Pocketbook” class at the Biblioforge Studio; it was your New Year’s resolution to learn a new skill every month.
I can hear you saying “…but I never make New Year’s resolutions!” – it doesn’t matter.
You should still learn something new in 2013, and taking a class is a great way to start! Located in Oakland, CA, Biblioforge is a teaching space where artists can come together to learn the ins-and-outs of bookbinding, calligraphy, and historical book structures; sounds pretty fab, right? You’d better sign up in a jiffy, since this particular class is limited to eight students.
You can learn more by taking a look at the FB event page.
Way back in October when I was teaching at The Ink Pad, one of the things the students LOVED was the fact that I had brought along portable punching cradles for everyone to use. Quickly assembled out of davey or mat board, these cradles are a lifesaver when you need to punch signatures in (the above mentioned) class! Make one of these bad boys for your bookbinding buddies, and you may find you have a whole new side business! (seriously.)
There you go! With approximately one week left until Christmas, you’re two steps closer to fulfilling everyone’s fondest (book arts) wishes. And guess what? There’s still one last installment of AYWFC! Stay tuned for the “mail art” write up on Thursday…
Can you hear the sleigh bells ringing yet? Almost, almost, almost…
Further resources for bookbinding and book arts gifts:
And a big thank you to Jody Alexander of Wishi Washi Studio for the photos of various Medieval Pocketbook structures in progress!