Category: bookbinding

overdo commission i’m supposed to be working on:

what i spent most of yesterday afternoon making for myself:

see below for glamour shots of my pet book’s new outfit.

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i have a tendency to forget about my tiny little etsy shop for long stretches, but it’s there! and now it has this in it:

it’s a letterpress-printed accordion book about old greek soap opera, and the river styx as a terrible tentacle monster.

more detailed info and photos at listing in my shop, HERE.

that ridiculous pop up book that i won’t shut up about was accepted into a show that opens TODAY.

anyone in portland, go to 23 Sandy Gallery to see all the amazing pop up books!
for everyone else, there’s an online catalog with images of evey book.

i spent this past saturday making a little house for my ridiculous pop up book about rats. it was pretty fun bc, as usual, i didn’t start with a very clear idea of what i was going to make and how. i eventually ended up with a basic 5-sided box with an L-shaped drawer that pulls out. the drawer is made from three interlocking pieces of board, which will hopefully help it maintain integrity under stress better than if it was being held together with glue.

in keeping with the tasteful, understated color palette of the book itself, the box is BRIGHT ORANGE.

click here to see 4 photos of the box

i made my first pop up book! it was something of an adventure (bc i had zero idea what i was doing) but i’m actually kind of pleased with the way it turned out! i’ve found that it’s easier to motivate myself into semi-scary learning experiences like this when i have some sort of concrete deadline or goal, so i’ve been finding calls-for-entries to make new work for. last month’s masks and naked women tangle is another example of me doing this sort of thing to myself.


(links to the project at my website gallery)

this is a picture book of pen-and-ink drawings with two pop up spreads, three cutouts, and a central 3D box structure with moving layers. it tells the story of a little girl who gets kidnapped by rats after her father’s death. the concept of the Rattenk├Ânig (a group of rats who get knotted together at the tail while burrowed together underground) is used as a visual metaphor for the grief experience and the search for connectedness out of absence.

keen observers will notice i’m still attempting to use pink as a “gloomy” color, with questionable effectiveness. but this project marks the most ambitious palette i’ve attempted yet (four whole colors! and none of them black!) so maybe i can be forgiven for keeping my favorite around as a security blanket as i tiptoe out of monochrome.

…and just in case i tricked anyone for a second into thinking i know what i’m doing, i’m including some sketchbook scans to show my design process in all its baffled panic. the first half is me thinking way too deeply into the conceptual structure of the narrative, and the second half is mostly me realizing i haven’t the first clue how to build the thing i’ve just designed. i learned so much in the last 48hrs of this project.


nine sketchbook spreads under here

just restocked my etsy shop with more blank books. buy them! they’re ridiculous, and good for writing and drawing in. =)

each book is made with my own special blend of whimsy and obsessive attention to detail, using a variety of fine decorative papers, 4ply linen thread, 50lb acid-free canson sketch paper, and the covers of ridiculous old paperbacks from the bargain bins at the library used booksale.

peruse the books in my ETSY shop

–any friends of mine living in nashville, just contact me directly if you see one you want. we can settle up outside the bounds of etsy.

i made this book a while ago as a present for a friend, but only got around to making the box and actually giving it to her last week –coincidentally, the day i ended up giving her the book was her BIRTHDAY …so it kind of worked out.

it’s a bilingual (English/German) editon of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis/Die Verwandlung (spellchecking a language i don’t speak was hilarious, btw), with a double-spine variation on the tape binding from the massive tutorial i recently posted. each bookblock is illustrated with six beetles (under the cut) printed onto fiber paper. it’s technically part of an edition of three, but so far this is the only copy that actually exists.

thumbnail links to the project at my website gallery.


beetles under here

adventures in instruction! my first attempt at making a photo-tutorial.
EXTREMELY image-heavy, as one might guess from the title:

last week i designed and made a double-sided accordion book with illustrations in ink-and-brush. it’s about the codependency and combination of anonymity and self-exposure that are encouraged by emerging social media. because this is me, that’s all expressed visually by tangly hair and oodles of naked women.

thumbnail links to the project at my website gallery, along with a longer explanation of my thought process.

this project has naked chicks in it.

just restocked my etsy shop with more blank books. buy them! they’re ridiculous, and good for writing and drawing in. =)

also, 50% of every sale this month goes to flood relief efforts in nashville

each book is made with my own special blend of whimsy and obsessive attention to detail, using a variety of fine decorative papers, 4ply linen thread, 50lb acid-free canson sketch paper, and the covers of ridiculous old paperbacks from the bargain bins at the library used booksale.

peruse the books in my ETSY shop

–any friends of mine living in nashville, just contact me directly if you see one you want. we can settle up outside the bounds of etsy.