Monday, July 16, 2018

Time Out For Making a Book

 Interlude from preparing sketches for the show:
Back to the handmade book, inspired 
by teaching some friends how to make 
non-adhesive bookcovers and handmade books.
 2nd Version.

And inspired by Beth's workshop. (see older post.)
And her buttons.

A pamphlet stitch for adding signatures 
to an accordion fold. 
A lesson in accepting imperfection.
I slid the end tabs of the accordion strip
into the cover wraps. It actually works as a book!
I'm trying to use up watercolors from one of my paint boxes.
 I keep coming back to this striped, polka-dot motif. 
Such fun to be surprised by the colors that turn out!
Meanwhile, a lot of the show sketches are framed,
but I'm creating & selecting more.
It's a huge challenge 
for this brain of mine,
I don't have time for the many ideas that pop in.
 It's a challenge to go through many old sketchbooks.
Trying to make selections 
Curating. Editing. 
No wonder I'm taking time outs for polka dotted stripes.


  1. I love handmade books more than almost anything that can be handmade! My favorite is coptic stitching, but the pamphlet stitch works well too. Love your bright patterns!

  2. Your work looks colorful!

  3. What a great post. I can hear your joy and excitement. Play, Rita, Play!!

  4. Love your books..they are not easy..I just put one together..the cowardly way:) Loose sheets glue gunned to form a spine like a block..hope it stays together.Would love to see your vernissage/the choices:)Your work pops up everywhere on Pinterest!Loved by many!

  5. I love your wee books. I don't think these would be so simple with the signatures. But they're really terrific and very unique. I like these very much.

  6. Love your books . . .
    Wish my brother was computer savvy he would love seeing your books.
    And wish he lived close by to show him your posts!
    He makes little books often . . .

  7. I'm catching up on your posts today. My old feedreader wasn't letting me know when something new went up, and I switched to a new one. Then I got busy and fell farther behind... Seeing your art makes me happy!


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