Entries in handbound book (6)
"Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.”
May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
This was a custom order that came in just in time for St. Patrick's Day. A women ordered it for a friend who does Civil War reenactments and has Irish heritage. We needed to keep it rustic and minimalistic (true to the times he is representing) and a nod to his Irish heritage. This is what we came up with, and she let me know that he loved it.
Be empty of worrying
Think of who created thought
Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open
Move outside the tangle of fear thinking
Live in silence
Flow down and down
Into always widening
Rings of being
All these jungle animals are doing a variety of actions while only showing a part of themselves. Can you guess what they are and what they are doing? These hand-crafted books were created in collaboration with a friend, Jason Thompson. He had the original idea and sketched the design, and I translated it to leather and fabrics to create this lively bunch. It was a true joint effort! These are great for a child's first journal or sketchbook as well as fabulous for any fun-loving adult. We can do these in other colors or create them as a photo album if you are interested in a custom order. Please let me know if you have any questions!
I just completed this custom design. Someone contacted me wanting to have the Anarchist's Tool Chest printed and bound. I'll admit to being a bit hesitant as I did not know what content a book like this would have. Thankfully, I proceeded with the e-conversation and found out that it has to do with using woodworking tools to create lasting furniture. This request was also just for the index which came out after the actual book did. I worked with a local printing company to print the inside, created the cover, and bound it. It turned out quite fabulously, and the cover has a rustic feel that works so appropriately with the content.