I’ve always loved books, so really it was only a matter of time before I started trying to make my own. I started many years ago, and after mastering the basics soon applied my obsessive desire to improve and innovate: picking apart old books, taking short courses, and above all experimenting.
I often find that my creative interests collide to create new and exciting ideas. In this case I’d been distracted by jewellery-making in the middle of a new book-project, and as I looked at the two sets of tools on my workbench the two just clicked together: Book Jewellery!
The first miniature book I ever made was a loosely-bound piece, with the rough pages sewn straight into the piece of scrap leather I’d found for a cover. It’s the simplest way to make a bound book, and I soon discovered it’s one of the main forms of handmade book available. But I wanted to do better. Over the last few years I’ve refined and reimagined traditional book binding techniques to work on a tiny scale. I’ve experimented with materials and decorations, and I’m finally at the stage where I’m happy enough to release them to the general public. The experiments will continue and I’ll always be looking for new ways of doing things, new finishes, patterns and materials – innovation is half the fun of making things!
My miniature leather books are available at my Queenhare Etsy Shop.