Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Where are BEST members located?

Leave comments to tell us where you are in the world!

i'm currently in central pennsylvania, though i will be moving back to central missouri some time in the next few months! :) how about you all?

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?