Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Journal # 2

The second journal. This one's theme was carnivals and the ocean.

:: the cover, with an original photograph ::
:: underwater exploration and handmade paper ::

:: this print reminded me of little anchors ::
:: jacques cousteau ::

To see more books like this one, please visit my website

Journal # 3

The third custom journal. For a musician who likes cars, the Adirondacks and Vermont, had a beloved retriever, and enjoys the finer things in life.
:: cover, with racecar ::

:: retriever ::

:: vermont! ::

:: wining and dining ::

:: sheet music ::

To see more books like this one, please visit my website

By the way, I'll be away for a week on vacation in Michigan. When I get back, I have over a dozen new books I've made, so I'll be sure to share some of those with you.

On a sadder note, I just learned Dennis Hopper died. I hope he's up there, fishing with john, drinking a pabst blue ribbon, and generally raising hell. He will be missed.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Journal # 1

So for the last week or so, I've been working on four different custom journals for my friend, Catherine. Each one is going to be a gift for someone on graduation day. Catherine sent me a list of each person's likes and interests so that the journal could be tailor-made to their aesthetic. This one was for someone who liked the prairie, the midwest, beige and red, and the woods.
:: cover ::

:: vintage sewing pattern ::

:: old book page and printed ephemera ::

:: turn over this page and there's a surprise ::

:: a pocket in the back with small notebook ::

Each book is made with one of a kind inclusions. For example, the pocket above was part of a handprinted banner I received as a gift. I regularly scout for old picture books at the thrift store to add to my collection of paper bits.

If you would like to commission a journal like this, please contact me for more information.

Stay tuned for Journal # 2...

Friday, May 14, 2010


Three books in the oven! Almost done, and when they are I'll post plenty of new pictures. I've been working hard this week on a set of custom journals for a friend...
And what is fueling these endeavors? Pizzaz! Let me tell you a little bit about pizzaz...
Pizzaz is a pizza native to South Philadelphia without sauce and topped with...wait for it...american cheese slices, tomatoes and banana peppers and it is so freaking good and cheap making it the perfect lunch to bring to the studio.

Maybe I should go get a slice.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Nice Day.

I had a nice day in the studio. I cleaned the press more, now that it's upright, I can reach spots I couldn't get to before. I tore down paper for some journals I am going to make, and thought about ordering bookcloth.

This is my paper tearing knife, it was a hand-me-down, I really like it.

I unpacked a bit more.

these will be the studio coffee cups

All the while, I was watching this, and cracking up.

Then my friends came by and we sat out on the roof and talked and had a beer. It was a nice day.