Every now and then, I find myself entranced by something that most would consider mundane. One of my latest obsessions is Netflix mailers – I love how they are able to be mailed twice. It was from there that the concept for my book evolved. I couldn’t shake the idea that “fits in an envelope” meant that the structure was literally enclosed in an envelope. Postage was added directly to the front cover of the book for mailing.
The covers are made of two #10 string and button envelopes that were stuffed with mat board to add stiffness (bookboard was too thick). The spine is covered in black bookcloth. Each signature of black pages was encased in a thin strip of envelope security pattern paper. The crosshatch pattern on the paper was echoed in the binding – Keith Smith’s “Dos Esquis” binding from his book 1-2-& 3- Section Sewings. On the inside front cover, I mounted a small handmade envelope. Inside the envelope is a small paper book, bound with a pamphlet stitch using baker’s twine. The book was collaged with pieces of junk mail envelopes and Netflix mailers. I used alphabet stamps to add the mailing address. --Elissa of Blue Roof Designs