European & Modern Styles
Hand made books and the act of writing (not typing or texting) connect us to a disappearing, but important way of recording and sharing our human story.
Bookmaking satisfies my need for projects that have a defined beginning and end. There are established rules, structure, and traditions that guide the bookmaker toward quality. Of course, this is true of most art disciplines, but making a functional object that is supposed to hold up to use over time is a different pursuit than that of an oil painting or sculpture, both non-functional in the traditional sense of the word.
People often say that they can’t imagine writing in my books because they are works of art. But they are incomplete art works until you fill them with your life, your thoughts, and your memories.
In my books you’ll see a blending of the ancient and the modern. I use ancient binding techniques that date back to the 1st century and originated in places like Egypt, Europe, and Asia. Found objects, and repurposed materials also find their way into my books- an antique button, recycled maps, papers, and book board. No two are exactly alike.
My book covers are often colorful and bold, with flecks of gold and copper. Sometimes I add a dusting of glitter in the sealant, because we’re never too old for sparkle!