Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Meet the BEST members

Keep in going by adding your own introduction to the comments!

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: My name is Marisa, but I use Risamay as a screen name online. It's a nickname I picked up in college; really nothing more than "Marisa" inay igpay atinlay. illSay, uhay?

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: A few trips to Venice piqued my interest, but it was an encounter back home that got me hooked, hands-on. A friend of mine took a bookbinding class at Mills College in Oakland and made the most incredible accordion bound book by hand that I'd ever seen. I insisted that she show me how she made it. After a couple of lessons I bought all the necessary tools and gave it a shot. Instant addiction. Accordion bound books are now what I would consider my specialty. I've been so obsessed with this format that I haven't done much experimentation with any other technique, to be honest.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
A: About five years.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: Right now I'm really into making blank accordion albums or scrapbooks to sell and give to friends. I buy the most amazing handmarbled paper from a woman, locally, for the covers. The end result is beautiful and unique, I think.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: I would really like to design an accordion photo piece for my work. One for Venice. One for Paris. One for ... Each series would be part of a limited edition printing. For sale on Etsy, but of course.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
A: I'm curious about sewn binding methods. I'd like to give the old needle and thread a go, at some point. For sure.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: I never have, but I'd very much like to.

Here's the list of questions for you to cut, paste, and answer. Feel free to skip some or add your own!

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
Q: How long have you been making books now?
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

41 comments:

Kristin said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is the same as my screen name.
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I guess about 2 years ago. I took a few different classe at risd, then a few local workshops. I had learned back in college (10 years ago) but didn't do it again until recently, but was always wanting to learn more.
Q: How long have you been making books now? The past 2 years I've been consistently making books, and this past year can't seem to stop.
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I really love coptic bound books. I just love the clean look of them and I love that they open flat.
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I want to do more artists books. You know, actually put something inside books for a change. I'm a big journal keeper, travel journals especially, so I'd love to put make art books based on my journals.
Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I want to do a casebound book. I know the sew to tape technique, just not how to put it into the spine. I love an exposed spine, but I want a variety.
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
I never have. Just started etsy in early July. I did apply for Craftland in Providence though, so I hope I get in and can start a new phase of selling my books.

maiko said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
my name is maiko, but my screen name is flurrsprite... basically "flurr" is a made up semi-nonsense word with "sprite" as in pixie/fairy/elf-like creature :D um. i don't know how to explain it so well hahaha... but my blog has a picture by an artist of "flurr sprite" XD

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
i actually just started a couple months ago! through the grand intarweb i somehow landed on a bookbinding livejournal book and decided to give it a go! :)

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
right now i do a mostly kettle stitch method with hard covers :) they've been pretty random, whatever idea pops into my head and inspires me to make a book!

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
EVERY KIND.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
haven't... yet! ;)

Lady Artisan said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: My name is Eva. My screen/shop/business nam, Lady Artisan, is based on two Mayan words and I played around with the idea of using them for my business but decided it would be too obscure and not very easy to pronounce or remember. Went with Lady Artisan instead and use the Maya glyphs as my logo.
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: Almost two years ago I found a book on bookbinding at Michaels and decided to give it a go. The first book I did was a piano-hinge. Then a friend of mine in our local polymer clay guild offered to teach a couple of us the Coptic stitch so my second and third books were made with that binding. Now I'm just slowly learning new stitches as I go and playing around with figuring out how to do them with polymer clay covers.
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: I love making blank journals, mostly, with various handmade papers (not by me) and polymer clay covers (by me). I have done a couple of art journals but prefer doing the blanks.
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: A handbound journal with enclosed spine out of polymer clay. I'm in the process of figuring out how to make it work.
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: I haven't done any fairs for about four years but have two scheduled for this fall.
Q: Where are you located?
A: San Antone, TX but we're hopefully moving to the Austin area within the next year or so.

Rhonda said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: My name is Rhonda - screen name is MyHandboundBooks on the Etsy site

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: Hmmm, I was studying to be a librarian and there were some intro bookbinding classes offered in the evenings. I took one to see what it was all about....and haven't stopped yet.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
A: 6 yrs

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: Almost always blank journals. And mostly limp leather bindings. I strive to produce functional and everyday-durable journals, and which are also beautiful :)

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: Well, I love finding new ways to make books...so I want to try as many different things as possible.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
A: The millimeter binding would be a nice one to try someday. Oh, and there are some great exposed-spine Greek sewing methods that I would like to learn more about.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: No, but I might someday.

erin scissorhands said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

>A: The name I go by in the etsy community is Erin Scissorhands. Of course, that's not my real last name, but I use it all the time to go along with my operationpapercut screen name.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

>A: I went to an indie craft fair about 3 years ago. I was blown away by a woman who was binding books and selling them. I had been searching for a craft that was perfect for me for a couple years, and i finally found it.

Q: How long have you been making books now?

>A: For about 2 years.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

>A: I have only made coptic bound books. I love the nature of them, and the craftsmanship that they carry. They are so much fun to show to people!

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

>A: If I found the time to make an artists book, that would be really neat. They are absolutely gorgeous!

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

I have never made a journal with a spine before, so that's something I'd definitely like to try. I'd really love to learn the raven's foot binding.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

>A: I have sold at 2 fairs.

moonlightbindery said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is Katie but I use moonlightbindery on Etsy. I am work as a book conservator so I am moonlighting as a bookbinder on Etsy.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I took a class ages ago at the Smithsonian - 17 years ago maybe. I then took several courses at Pyramid Atlantic. Since then I have bound books off an on and worked as a Librarian, Art Historian, and Book Conservator.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
17 years with long breaks - especially long when I was studying to be a Librarian and working full time. It is the one thing I always come back and have always enjoyed.


Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I am enjoying the accordion albums the most right now. I personalize them for my friends with a foil stamping machine.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
Non-Adhesive bindings.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
Any of the funky bindings Keith Smith writes about.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
I have once and would like to try again.

Ali said...

Hi everyone!
here's me ...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is Ali (Alison), I use "jellygnite" on etsy (it's a nonsense nickname)

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
In my last year of school my art teacher introduced me to the wonderful world of artists books. At Uni - I majored in printmaking so it was a perfect medium to combine book making! :)

Q: How long have you been making books now?
13 years, on and off

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I LOVE artists books - (they're like little treasures, I think!) I love little books and the one's I make are small and usually accordian-style or stitch-bound.
I love having an assortment of different papers in the one book

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I'd love to get back into making more artists books

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I'd like to get better at stitch-bound books

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
There are only a few fairs around here that would be good to sell books at .. maybe one day!..

Coco said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

I'm Cassie. My screen name is Coco which is also my nickname.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

Handmade in America sponsored an Trade Apprenticeship program through a local college last summer. I went through a couple of very intense weeks where I learned a wealth of knowledge. My master artist (and friend) was taught by Dan Essig.

Q: How long have you been making books now?

A little over a year.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

I'm loving Coptic bound books especially if I can toss in a headband.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

I just learned the caterpillar stitch and I can't wait to make a complete book with it.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

There are a few in Keith Smith's Non-Adhesive Bindings 3 that I have been wanting to try... I just wish I had more hours in the day.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

I want to. I just don't know if the market in my area is ready for books. I'm planning on sharing a space with a wonderful friend in October at our town's fall festival. I'll have to judge by the response I get from people if I'll do another local one.

Green Chair Press said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

My name's Susan and my etsy shop is called greenchairpress.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

At the end of 1999, my friend Cathy gave me a bookbinding class at the San Francisco Center for the Book as a Christmas present. I'd always been a reader but knew nothing about how a book was put together. After that class I was hooked.

Q: How long have you been making books now?

Almost 8 years

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

Ones that use pop-ups.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

Most of my book are non-adhesive. I decided recently to get over my fear of glue and work on a blank book that has covers with some of my letterpress work on them.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

I'm always interested in folded structures, origami type folds especially.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

Yes, once or twice a year at fairs that showcase the book arts. I've got tables at 2 this fall.

Trejo Family said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is Heidi

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I scrapbook all the time and found a love for altering books. I have been doing them for about 3 years. I usually take off the origional spiral binding alter the cover and then rebind it and add ribbon.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
About 3 years

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I got some books custom made at a copy store using chipboard and plastic sprial binding. That is when I take it apart and alter then rebind adding ribbon.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I have tried making some simple ones with needle and thread but would love to learn more advanced techniques.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
All kinds*Ü*

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
I haven't tried

subu said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
real name is emily. subu was my grandmother's nickname.
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
got into book arts a little over a year ago. here is a longer description of how i got started.
Q: How long have you been making books now? 1 year
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
my recycled notebooks. love them.
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
fancier coptic stitches.
Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
anything new. always looking to expand my repetoire.
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
yes. in fact i have a craft fair today that i am preparing for!

Bexx said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is Bexx and my etsy name is ThisIsBexx (my shop is BooksByBexx)

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
While in library school studying preservation management, I took a bookbinding class at the nearby North Bennet Street School to learn some handskills. Now I'm in their full-time bookbinding program.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
A little over a year.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I love making miniature books. They are so cute!

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I have 8 million ideas, a few of which are already in the works. I don't want to spoil the surprise!

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I am interested in learning some more decorative non-adhesive bindings, but I also love the formality of the case-bound book.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
Not yet. I don't have enough stuff to justify paying for a table. But hopefully I will have me act together by next summer. I'd also be interested in sharing a table.

Ya-Wei said...

1. My real name is Yawei. My screen and/or studio name is F.ART production.
2.I got into book arts when in my third year in art school. I took a bookbinding course under the department of printmaking. My instructor was Celia King, who is the author of the pop-up book of Seven ancient wonders of the world and an amazing teacher. She got me hooked!
3. I have been making books for 4 years.
4. I like making picture books.
7. Yes. I have participated in local sales for the past 6 months.

Cheers, bookers!

Kerry said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is Kerryanne
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I started bookbinding in art school, where I was studying painting
Q: How long have you been making books now?
Off and on for 10 years, steadily for the past 4
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I love coptic stitch, with beautiful Japanese papers. I am also almost exclusively using handmade cotton rag paper from India for signature pages
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I am interested in making books with 'keepsake' pages. Still working on that idea
Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
Tiny books!
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
I sell on Etsy, lots of custom work

RachelDenbow said...

* Rachel Denbow
* I loved looking at leather journals in Barnes and Nobles but couldn't afford to spend $50 on one. So, I bought a leather hide at a craft fair, found out how to make them online and made one for myself. I had so much left over that I made more and sold them to friends at school.
* Since 2003.
* I'm not even sure about what its called. I just do 5 signatures per book and hand stitch them directly into the leather spine.
* I'd like to make spiral bound books out of recycled materials like old childrens books.
* I've sold the at small fairs at my University, at music festivals and local Festivals. The local festivals haven't been as good for me as the music festivals but I get a high from the whole experience.

Alexia said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
emberlexi is my screen name - it's been my screen name for about 10 years now, and it's a combination of one of my favorite songs (Ember by Fold Zandura) and my nickname, Lexi. ARRRT! is my company.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I've always loved paper - started as a kid making jumping frogs & furniture out of 3x5 cards stolen from my dad's office. Around 2000, I started seriously working with paper and made small pamphlet, accordion & simple case-bound books. It's been a lovely ride every since.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
been concentrating on book arts for the past 4 years (i think!)

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I love hand-painting bookboard & polymer clay covers.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
Not sure - I'd like to try more binding styles though.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
That caterpillar stitch is wicked.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
I have, and I probably will again.

uniquelycovered said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: Hi, my name is Linda, and my screen name is lcdesign1
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: I got hooked on making books in 2005 when I took a class at Volcano Arts in California. I made one book , and I was hooked.
Q: How long have you been making books now?
A: for 2 years
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: I like exposed binding books because you can get fancy with your stitching. I can't leave anything plain, I like to embellish where I can.
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: I'd like to try one of everything once.
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: I haven't yet. It seems I can't make enough books in order to sell at a show.

Barbara Simler said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: My real name is Barbara. My screen name is moonbindery-- Moon Bindery is my bookbinding business name (I named it after my great-grandfather, Quintilious V. Moon).

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: Loooong story. I made my first book at age nine, but only got serious about doing bookbinding full time a couple of years ago.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
A: Woops, think I already answered this question. To recap, I've been doing it full-time for about two years.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: I'm always thinking of new books I want to make, so my favourites keep changing. Right now, I'm enjoying making copies of Distant Relations, a book of poetry. It has pieces of grass sticking out of it, which is fun.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: I'm going to do some handbound versions of classic novels (Dickens, Austen), so am looking forward to designing those.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
A:I'd like to learn to do leather bindings--right now, all my books are covered in handmade paper.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: Yes, I sell my books at the Sorrento, BC, farmer's market in the summer, and do some holiday craft shows as well.

graphicpaper said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

My name is Alison, and kurberry is a synthesis of my last name and my husband's last name.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

About 7 years ago, as another way to play with paper that I stumbled on to while taking printmaking courses. There is really nothing like the feel of book. I took a great weekend course with Bonnie Thompson Norman of Windowpane Press in Seattle. She'd prepared all of the materials and we made more than ten small books each that weekend. In *real* life I trained as an art-historian and worked for Sotheby's as a collectibles expert. From that experience my love of paper and ephemera developed.

Q: How long have you been making books now?

For about 4 years in a more organized way.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

I stick to two or three types. My books are always blank or "almost-blank" as I describe my printed journals. I love paper and I like to use paper for my covers. I don't like making coptic bound books, or working with leather or fabric. At the moment I'm doing more printmaking for my larger journals that have monoprinted signature covers and double split covers chosen to combine well with the prints inside. My nature is too methodical and perfectionistic to experiment too freely and the formats I use provide with me enough structure and constraints to work against.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

More of the same, but with some experimentation. Maybe I'd even try my hand at some words! As a child we had fairy-tale star books and I'd love to experiment with those too.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

I LOVE taking courses - if only they were free..... Last summer I did 2 at BWE in Bristol, which I'd recommend to anyone, and this May I'm signed up to do a course with Hedi Kyle at the Centro del Bel Libro. I don't even know what we'll be doing, but I was eager to have her as a teacher. Would like to get Keith Smith's books and work through his non-adhesive bindings.

At some point I'd like to study letterpress too.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

I've tried in Italy, but with very limited success. They don't understand the concept of a blank book or journal, although I do sell them to expat friends. I take part in an open studio event in London in May and sold brilliantly there last year.

Useful Books (for putting things in) said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname? My real name is Cindy. UsefulBooks is taken from my long time friend, Pooh Bear. (The REAL Milne Pooh, not the Disney Anti-Pooh.) He was once very happy to have "a Useful Pot for Putting Things In."

Q: When or how did you get into book arts? I became obsessed with altered books a couple of years ago, and it eventually evolved into actually making books.

Q: How long have you been making books now? I took at class at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina last May, so almost a year now.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days? I totally love coptic binding. I love the open spine. The most fun I'm having is taking old books and "reinventing" them into blank journals. I've also enjoyed long stitch recently since I've stumbled upon a cover material I can make at home to use for them.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future? I'm wide open. If it's flat and sturdy, it might be a book. I'm collecting cigar boxes right now.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try? Sewing over tapes.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs? No, just Etsy.

la paperie & cozy said...

I’m late on the bandwagon, but here goes…

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: My name is Beverly, but ‘bookyeti’ is my online nick and has been for some time due to my avid love of all things literary. :) My shop name is La Paperie & Cozy.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: My love of the blankbook started at an early age. I’ve always believed in the quote that “journal writing is a voyage to the interior.” As a child I remember collecting and obsessing over journals. And guess what? I still do! I’ve kept a journal for every year of my life since 1987. In my quest for the ‘perfect’ journal over the years, I decided to create my own and share my love of the blank-book with others. That was a little over a year ago. Leather journals have always been my diary of choice, and so I engaged in a self-study of non-adhesive bindings with leather covers. I spent about 2 months with my nose between the pages before I mustered up the courage to even try making something. As nervous as I was at the prospect of failure, I knew it was something that I would definitely love to do. Et voila! As soon as I had begun, I was hooked! After a few custom orders from family and friends, and at the suggestion of many, I decided to give my handbound books a wider wing-span, and offer them on my Etsy shop. It has also been a pleasure incorporating my love of books into the mix, offering journals with quotes from various literary greats such as Austen, Bronte, Dickens, Shakespeare, Dickinson, Hugo, Poe, or Hemingway, etc. Of course, no journal is worth more than the words they store.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
A: Almost a year.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: I carry on a torrid love affair with limp leather bindings, but I will sometimes dabble in coptic-bound hardcover books.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: Journals with different themes. I’ve already created a Fitness/Health Tracker journal, and I’m planning a cheese/wine journal, as well as a Reader’s Log and perhaps some travel journals. I would also like to create a special memory book for my dear Mom, who unfortunately is terminally ill with cancer.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
A: The caterpillar stitch has always intrigued me. I’m still trying to master the stitches I’ve learned, though, so that will have to wait. ;)

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: I have been to one very small craft fair – I enjoyed it and did really well. I got to meet a lot of great people too. I’d like to do more!

Q: Is binding books your ‘day job’ (full-time?) and if not what else do you do?
No, unfortunately, although I wish it was. I’m a part-time English teacher, volunteer, and freelance writer. I also make soap (though not as often as I once did due to wanting more time for my bookbinding).

meredeth said...

i can't believe i haven't done this already. so w/out further ado!

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

A: hello, my name is meredeth, and i am afraid of the shift key. (^_^) my eyst name is yatsu, which is a japanese word you use to refer to someone when you don't want to be terribly polite to them. like, Jerk or Turd. (^_^) my etsy shop name is notuboc, which is a combo of the old english words for Useful and Book. wow, could i GET any NERdier?

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

A: as a writer, i was always fondling those fancy journals at the bookstore, but none of them was exactly perfect, so i decided to take matters into my own hands. and now look at my evil empire! bwahahah! ... ...

Q: How long have you been making books now?

A: three years? something like that. i guess i made my first book like five years ago, but then i didn't make anything for a while.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

i like learning new bindings, and right now, i'm expirementing with series. next up is a group of nine books, each with the same kind of covers, but different papers and different exposed bindings. time to bust out the sewing frame!

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

A: i'd like to try books with strong themes, maybe a series of books inspired by celebrities or something like that. more belgian eyelet binding would be refreshing, too.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

A: i'd like to learn some historical bindings, like guttenberg-era.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

A: i did this past year, but it was pretty much bust. of course, it was bust for almost everyone i met, so i think i'll try it again this year, but i hope to have more of a Product Line for the shows than the patented Artistic Mish Mash i purvey on etsy. (^_^)

UberArt said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname? My name is Beth, aka UberArt.
Q: When or how did you get into book arts? I wanted to bind a bunch of collage pages together to make a book, so I researched bookbinding and here I am.
Q: How long have you been making books now? About 2 years.
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days? I enjoy incorporating polymer clay objects, beach glass, and recycling graphics from boxes into my books.
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future? I'd like to make more case bound books.
Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try? I try just about everything I come across.
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs? Not yet. I'm getting ready to display some in an art gallery as soon as I get my inventory together.

katie said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

My name is Katie. I'm really not sure how I came up with my screen name - rusticstains. I'm finding that my screen name doesn't suit me anymore, though. I'm in the process of developing a new website and screen name for Etsy, and retiring the old name.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

I can't remember how I got started making books. I think I followed an online tut, and I've been hooked ever since.

Q: How long have you been making books now?

I started making books about 5 years ago.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

I'm mostly making coil bound books with either collaged or painted covers. I am still interested in making codex bound books, but rarely do it anymore. I think I like the idea of the book lying flat, which is why I like coil bound.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

I think I'll be sticking with coil bound books for a while.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

hm..I think it would be fun to branch out and try new ways of binding. I would love to take a class sometime.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

At this time, no, but I'm always open to the idea.

Anna said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

Hi, I'm new. :) I can't believe I didn't find this team sooner. My name's Anna and my username is movetheneedle on etsy.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

I just recently got in to book arts this summer. I wanted to sell on etsy, but didn't know what to sell and I decided to make journals. I really love it and I've learned so much (and am still learning).

Q: How long have you been making books now?

A couple of months

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

I like doing fabric covered books. I'm trying to learn coptic stitch and more complicated stitches now, but I'm still learning/perfecting it.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

I'd love to learn different stitches. I see all types of beautiful, more complicated stitches and I'd love to learn new techniques. My method is pretty simple right now.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

I'd like to get better at coptic stitch and learn any new stitches or techniques I can.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

Just online right now, but Might do craft fairs in the future.

mkbk said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: MKBK = Matthew Kovacs Book #. I started numbering all my books from the very beginning, MKBK just stuck.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: I've always had Journals and Visual Diaries, but I could never buy what I imagined (at the time long-stich limp). I've also always loved hi-end production photography & art books. Somwhere inbetween the two, after 2 years of searching, I found someone to teach me.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: I like to make the absolute best quality books I can. I am a total perfectionist. I would never put my name on something I wasnt happy with.
I don't have much interest in 'arty' type books. I like solid useable books that will last a lifetime.
At the moment I tend to make alot of casebound books, though its only because i can't round and back spines at home at the moment, but thats about to change..


Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: I'd like make alot more high end contemporary trade-bindings, leather inlays, double headbands, hinges etc, and more commission work. Unique books with amazing ideas.
But in the same breath I love Medieval.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: Sometimes. I'm quickly loosing interest in producting huge multiples of books.

Q: Where are you located?
A: Melbourne.
www.mkbk.wordpress.com

Büchertiger said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
On Etsy, as on all bookbinding related internet platforms, I am buechertiger, which is German and means book tiger. I like cats, I think cats and books/reading somehow belong together, and sometimes I feel like one. (A cat that is, not a book. And I am thinking of the fat, lazy, oven-lying type of cat not the slender, hunting type). Moreover, I thought of the term 'paper tiger' when I chose 'book tiger' as opposed to, say 'book cat'.
My real name is Hilke.

Q: When did you bind your first book?
That was more than 7 years ago after watching a children's program on how an industrial bindery works. Before, I had been an avid reader but had never given much thought to the book as an object. Well, it looked easy enough and I simply tried it with some writing paper, sewing thread and needle, and paper glue, cut up an old pair of linen trousers, and somehow put everything together. It turned out I still had much to learn ;-) But that was the start.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
When I bound an edition of my thesis last year (perfect bound, with paste paper covers) I just didn't stop binding books, even after this job was done. I somehow discovered the online community of book binders and book artists -through Flickr if I remember correctly-, saw a lot of book art, and got started without really thinking about it.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
That's hard to say.I think I like hybrid bindings, and experiments with bindings styles. I like to combine traditional elements with bright colors and modern influences.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I'd like to make more artist books which actually contain something (as opposed to blank journals). I am planning an edition with lino cuts but it is still only in my head - my cutting skills are (still) too poor. I hope I will be able to make it one time.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I want to learn more about limp bindings, their variations and possibilities.
I got Langwe's "Limp bindings from Tallin" today, this will hopefully provide material for the next time.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
No. Maybe I will one time. At the moment I'd rather like to find a gallery for showing my art work.

Q: Is binding books your ‘day job’ (full-time?) and if not what else do you do?
I am trained as a mathematician, not as a bookbinder. At the moment I am supported by a grant that allows me to really only do books and book art. I hope by the time it expires I will be able to support myself through my craft and art. If not so, I'll have to think about going back to work as a mathematician or a teacher.

moonbindery said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
*My real name is Barbara Simler, aka Moon Bindery (or moonbindery).

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
*I made my first book when I was about age nine, as a birthday gift for my dad.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
* Took a little hiatus after the first one. I've been making them full time for about four years.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
* Medieval style limp leather bindings, for sure. I love how they look, and their history. Plus, I keep thinking of new styles I want to make!

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
* More limp leather bindings, plus I'd like to make some with wooden covers. Don't know much about woodworking, so it may turn out to be a scary experiment...

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
* Coptic bindings with wooden covers and Ethiopian headbinds. That's my current bookbinding Mt. Everest.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
*Yup. It's a fun way to get out and meet people. I think I'd become hunched and very,very pale if I stayed in my studio all the time!

Re:Paper said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
Sara Hindmarch vs. Re:Paper

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I started learning from my Mom and fooling around with making books and paper in High School, I've been building on that ever since.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
15 years total, but only "well" for about 5 years (before that was largely sporadic experiments).

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I'm a coptic girl, I enjoy both the sewing and the final format of coptic books best.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I want to get better and long stitches, maybe work my way thru Keith Smith's non-adhesive binding books. Also I want to get better at book conservation.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I'd like to learn the caterpillar binding, it looks fun!


Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
I usually do about 4-5 shows a year (Spring and Christmas), mostly neighborhood festivals or indie craft shows. The summer humidity in Atlanta is bad for books, so I hide them inside when it heats up out there.

SusanGreenBooks said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: My real name is Susan and I'm often called Suzie or Suze.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: Completely by chance. I was browsing a local library for a book of short stories by African writers to use as research for my dissertation in international development. I did find that book, but on my way to it I my eye was caught by The Handmade Book by Angela James.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
A: Almost two years.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: I like to make flatback hardback blank journals with leather spines and fabric covers. There are so many stages and composite materials that the finished book feels like a great achievement. Mind you, I also love making my miniature leather books because they provide almost instant gratification!

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A. Books that use historical binding structures from the medieval period, as medieval culture and literature has been an interest of mine for many years. I'd also like to get more into book arts, and make structural books that are works of art.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
A: All the skills and techniques for using wood as exposed spine boards and covers.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: Not yet.

Monica Holtsclaw said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A:Hi! My name is Monica, but the name of my business is BoomBoxBindery.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A:I first got into making books during college. A roommate of mine took an experimental bookmaking class and I couldn't help but want to do her homework too!

Q: How long have you been making books now?
A: It has been seven years since I started making them and 3 since it has been a part of my daily life.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: I've been enjoying taking on projects from some creative thinkers! I'm currently working on a custom set of tiny journals full of pockets for a group of friends who are going on a road trip together. I also love making boxes!

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: I enjoy working with leather and would be very happy to work on some fine bindings involving lots of gold tooling. Someday I'll have all of the tools I need ;)

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
A: I would really like to come up with a great idea for an edible book! It would be so fun to make one that functions really well. yum!

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: I sold my books at a craft fair last month and loved it. I'm planning on doing it again in the future.

CinderLisa said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is Lisa. My screenname is CinderLisa
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I've been interested in a long time. I remember seeing a segment about bookmaking on Reading Rainbow when I was a kid and being fascinated by it. But I have to admit that it's been seeing the handbound stuff on Etsy the past couple of years that finally got me serious about wanting to learn the hows of it and sent me to scouring for good youtube videos.
Q: How long have you been making books now?
Not long at all. I am brand new.
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I've been making softcover journals and kitschy upcycled notebooks.
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I don't know! I'm the type that's happy to try anything at least once, so long as I know how.
Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I'm interested in accordion-style books, and want to get a handle on coptic stitch.
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
Nope. Haven't been doing this long enough, and I honestly don't foresee it in the future, either. I'm a writer and hope to be selling novels as my main income—this I do because I love it. (Well, that I do because I love it, too!)

Baghy said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is Anca. My screenname is Baghy, stolen from my cat's nickname, as her full name is Bagheera, like in Jungle Book and yes, she's black.
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I used to draw on the cover of my school notebooks... does that counts as a beginning?
I've always been fascinated by books, specially those that seemed to have a distinguish personality of their own. One positive, sunny, easy to read, another one wise and mysterious. I keep few journals and carry one with me most of the times. So what is better then to make your own notebooks?
Q: How long have you been making books now?
Well I had this hobby since a long time, but only did my own notebooks. I started making them for others about a year ago.
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I like to make leather bound notebooks, wrapped around with a leather stripe, they have this aura that makes them look like some secret magic books.
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
Oh, I have so many ideas, so little time! I wanna try some steampunk journals, some hybrids between blank notebooks and book arts, so that I start the art book and the owner finishes it.
Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I'd like to try all types of bookbinding techniques, I only do longstitch and coptic stitched books. But I'd like to know them all, and why not, even invent some :)
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
Not yet, because there are rarely this kind of fairs where I live, and I am quite shy, but my curiosity may win the battle, I'd love to see what kind of people enjoy my journals.

Oh, the quiz is already over? I was just getting started here... Well, see you around, fellow artists!

Antico Valore said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My real name is Simona.
Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I get into book arts since 1996 when i began a School of Book Conservation in Spoleto (Italy).
Q: How long have you been making books now?
From 1996...
Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I prefer recycled or upcycled materials, natural and organic materials that i can use on medieval binding structures (i love medieval book structures!).
Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
I don't know exactly. Perhaps some more artistic, and some more recycled!
Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I'd like to try the Flag book for uor swap; it will be my first experience on flag book!
Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
next sunday it will be the first time. I'll let know something about my books!

Jennifer said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
Jennifer, but my screenname is redpumpkinstudio

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I have a BA and did a couple book projects for my classes, including an illuminated Gospel of John.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
Maybe 3 monthes.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I like getting fancy papers (I've got quite a collection on the go!) for the covers with leather spines. I like adding buckles and different closures, and anything with an antique feel to it.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
Probably more stylaized books, starshaped and whatnot, rather than straightforward and traditional.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
Not yet...

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
No, but we have a big one coming up I might try!

Marcade said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

My name is Margaret. My screen name, MarcadeArtsPress, is an off shoot of Marcade (short for Margaret's Arcade), an Arts' gallery website which I instigated and coded a couple of years ago but which has been neglected of late.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

I have been interested in books and the arts for years - Having training in both Art and English, I taught in schools for many years and also ran a library. I have also published a couple of adult fiction books. I am now retired. I was kick-started into pursuing serious bookbinding by a residential I took with Maureen Duke, an amazing bookbinder with all the traditional skills.

Q: How long have you been making books now?

This sounds silly, but I can't remember exactly as I made little books before I went on the course. It sort of grew exponentially but I didn't know what to do with them, as I hadn't realized people might actually buy hand bound books, I just liked making them. The fact that someone 'might' buy them, even if they don't, provides a reason for making more. I have a vast family so they can always be given as presents.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

I haven't got a favourite but I am currently obsessed with the 'Blizzard' binding so I am compelled to make different versions. I really hate making exactly the same book twice so I thought I'd write tutorials so I don't have to do that. I like the design element of bookbinding.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

All sorts but nothing in particular, although I'd like to work with wood. Materials themselves give me ideas. I'll suddenly find something to be obsessed with and off I'll go. I like to make books that are different, rather than thinking of what will sell, which is why I will never make any money.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

This is a tricky question. At my age (60) I may not have the time (in years) to learn something really skilled, e.g. gold tooling. But you never know, if I feel an obsession coming on....

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
Yes, I also have them in the Red House Museum, in Christchurch, and Artsway, an art gallery in the New Forest. I'm not too worried about selling them. I'm going to concentrate on workshops and just making things I like which is where the satisfaction lies.

Pauline Paulette said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My name's Paola, my screen name is Pauline Paulette: that's how my parents used to call me when I was a kid

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I can't remember exactly, I walk in the bookbindery since I can remember, I started as a little kid playing with paper, sciccors and glue while my father was working.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
As a job, since I finished high school, five years ago. As a passion, since I was 12 more or less.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I like to make journals and small exercice books. I also love to experiment on small and unusual photoalbums

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
More artistic binding. I know, that's a HUGE dream...

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I'd like to learn Bradel French technique (yes, I start from the hardest one =P) but I'm also very interested in all techniques of binding without glue

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
I sell book in the bookbindery store where I work, I'm planning to participate to some arts and crafts fairs

Monica said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?

My name is monice, screen name is mojo09226-mojo was a nickname from my sisters and 09226 is a German zip code.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?

I got inspired to learn bookbinding from Kreativlink, hers are so beautiful.

Q: How long have you been making books now?

Almost 8 or 9 months

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?

Reg flat hardbound books are my fav, and coptic stitched faux leather.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?

Accordian style and some classic book covers

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?

All of them really.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?

I sell my books at a local Pagan shop, they go well for journals and Books of Shadows.

Elissa said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname? My real name is Elissa and my screen name is blueroofdesigns. In a nutshell, I live in a house with a blue roof. I decided to market myself using a business name because my own name has proven to be too hard to both pronounce and spell. The first day of school was never fun for me.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts? I was introduced to bookbinding in 1994 while I was in graduate school for art therapy. There was a Paper Source in between my apartment and school and when they put a “help wanted” sign in the window, my journey began. I assisted with store workshops and learned from my co-workers, one of whom attended the North Bennet Street School. I have been making books ever since.

Q: How long have you been making books now? 15 years

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days? I’m really enjoying the Celtic Weave. I’m also happy with pretty much any binding that uses waxed linen thread. I like how waxy my hands feel when I’ve finished working on a book.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future? I’m dying to work with wood and metal. I have some wood covers prepped and ready to go, but I’m afraid to use them because they’re so beautiful. I’m also hoping to work on more artist books with content. I mostly make blank books and haven’t done much to express my own voice.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try? I’d love to learn conservation and old-timey bookbinding techniques – the kind that once you learn them, you’ve earned the right to be a snob. Except I don’t want to be a snob. :)

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs? I participate in Vermont’s Open Studio Weekend every year during Memorial Day weekend. I also attend 2-3 craft shows during the holiday season.

Sea Lemon said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
A: My name is Jennifer. I use Sea Lemon as my screen name/shop name because I take paper materials that were once useless (considered a reject or "lemon" among a "sea" of stuff) and give them a new purpose.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
A: I first learned how to book bind in college. It was a requirement in my design classes to learn how to make your own books and portfolios. After graduating college, I realized I had a lot of material left over, and instead of tossing it in the recycle bin, I decided to start bookbinding again.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
A: Since opening my Etsy shop in June 2008, I've been bookbinding consistently for over 2 years.

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
A: I go through phases of making case bound and coptic stitch bound books. I enjoy finding and using unique patterns or colors on all my books. Sometimes I will paint on the covers with oil or acrylic paints.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
A: I would like to continue and find new ways to make unique books.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
A: Currently, I'd like to learn more non-adhesive stitching techniques, other than coptic stitch.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
A: Yes. I am a member of a small local group of artisans called PHX DIY. We join together at various events to sell our unique items to the local community.

linda said...

Q: What is your real name vs. your screen or nickname?
My name is Linda Tieu, but I also go by tortagialla that is my shop name on Etsy.

Q: When or how did you get into book arts?
I've often made myself journals and notebooks out of necessity. After moving from California to Italy, I got a hold of a lot of leather, spurring me to create a lot more journals. Now I want to learn more techniques and methods.

Q: How long have you been making books now?
Since highschool for personal use, but just started selling my leather handmade journals this year!

Q: What kinds of books (whether format or subject matter) are your favorite to make these days?
I love using my leather to make traditional handbound journals and sketchbooks, but also love to use other materials and techniques for something totally unique.

Q: What kinds of books would you like to make in the future?
Would love to learn more particular binding techniques and different ways to use the leather I have access to.

Q: Is there a particular kind of bookbinding technique that you'd really like to learn or try?
I think it would be cool to learn anything new and different...something I don't know already.

Q: Do you sell your books at local arts and crafts fairs?
There aren't many local art and crafts fairs that I know of in Italy, since most are more traditional artisan markets...so it's mainly an online venture for me. Mostly, I just like to try new things and make journals...just can't use them all myself!