500 Handmade Books: Volume 2 hits the shelves today and I am thrilled to say that my artist book “Delter” is one of the chosen five hundred!
Delter was made in 2007; it seems so long ago, and I suppose (in many different ways) 2007 is light years away from where I am now. I still make artists books, in addition to the mail art and correspondence which keeps me busy. I never tire of putting books together, using paper, thread and careful sewing to hold everything together.
As part of a recent group show, I wrote the following about Delter and my process:
“This artist book pays homage to both my grandmother and mother, who taught me at an early age about the subtleties of constructing garments and working with fabrics. They were my earliest teachers when it came to working with paper and making books; because of them, I am always reminded that the world of bookbinding and garment-making are closely related. Tools, techniques, and materials are as familiar in one realm as they are in the other.”
And its true — not only the part about “sewing” and “bookbinding” being two peas in a pod, but also the part about learning to use my hands and gaining the skills I have today because of the women in my family. Every new project I undertake, every book hand-bound and sent out into the world is my way of saying thank you to my loved ones.
Friends always tease me that my hands are never still, that I always have to be doing something, even when I’m unaware of it.
It’s just habit, I guess.
(09.04.13 addition: what I hadn’t seen, written on August 24th –> a review of “500 Handmade Books” via the Huffington Post! Whoo hoo!!!)