Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Making books

Over the past couple of months I've started working on a new form of art - bookbinding. I gathered information from the internet and I'm teaching myself how to make books. I'm absolutetly obsessed and I'm enjoying every moment spent cutting, sewing, and gluing.
Having spent many years working in colored pencil, I was finding it hard to stay motivated and challenged - and a colored pencil drawing takes a long time to finish when you're as anal about detail like I am. I can finish a book in a couple of days so the gratification is constant.
I've always loved paper and have collected little trinkets, beads, fabric and buttons all my life. I thought I could combine these and come up with something that I hope is unique.
I'm making sketchbooks, notebooks, recipe books, garden journals, wedding books, baby books, photo albums, scrapbooks, travel journals - the possibilities are endless.
I think it's a good idea to push beyond your comfort zone and try something new. We sometimes get stuck with something that we've become good at since it's a great feeling to master a skill. But learning is growing, and I highly recommend the challange.


  1. Hi Diann,

    I love the books/bindings you posted! I am excited that you are working in bookbinding now. It's so much fun. I also have a love of bookbinding, but don't do much at the moment. There is a great store here in Ann Arbor (Hollander's: http://www.hollanders.com/) that sells all sorts of supplies and offers workshops/classes. It's on my list of things to take advantage of here sometime in the future. I think they do mail-order supplies if you need stuff! Good luck and I look forward to checking back to see what else you have made.

  2. Hi Diann,
    Oh this is so great! Love your books and what you are doing....going beyond colored pencils and stretching it. Beautiful!