These gorgeous papers are from Rhonda at My Handbound Books and across the top are two handmade papers and two paste papers; across the bottom are two suminagashi and two ebru marbled papers. All made by Rhonda and my gift for winning her monthly newsletter draw. Thanks so much Rhonda. I'm torn between want to use them and squirreling them away in my marbled paper collection - that's the collection of other people's papers as opposed to my own marbled papers.
Another parcel in the mail was this recently purchased Hedi Kyle Festschrift 2009 published by the Guild of Book Workers . The dedication page states "We are pleased to honor Hedi Kyle Lifetime Achievement Member of the Guild of Book Workers. Delaware Valley Chapter". The publication is supported by the Philadelphia Center for the Book and the MFA Book Arts/Printmaking Program at the University of the arts, Philadelphia. This spiral bound book of 238 pages has articles, drawings, instructions and images by a veritable who's who of the binding world, making a great tribute to Hedi Kyle and offering the reader many insights and inspirations. We all know Hedi Kyle's flag book though not everyone may realise to whom they should be attributing it. This book is packed with readable information and understandable instructions and I think I'll be working my way through it for some time to come. Copies may be ordered at rutherfordwitthus.com/festschrit/orders
My third welcome package in the mail was this book by Hilke Kurzke from Bonn. Hilke has been experimenting with Coptic headbands and has come up with this nice little book "Six Ways to Make Coptic Headbands", Buechertiger Press, 2009. As I enjoy making coptic bindings but I have serious doubts about the strength of the binding for such things as albums, I am always pleased to find information that may give that extra bit of support. This is another book I'll be working through in the next few months. You can purchase copies of this book, which I must add is very nicely and simply bound, from Hilke via her blog here.
I mentioned before, but didn't have a photograph, that I also received a copy of Melior's "Happy Bus" zine, so here's the cover and it really is a happy read. I don't know when the next issue is due out but I'll be getting a copy. Meliors is producing some beautiful embroidery of sea fossils, along with her other skills book making and photography.
Also into fossils and things scientific is Hope, whose blog can be found here and her Etsy shop longleggedfly here. I will very soon be wearing two of her fabulous silver trilobite pendants made into earrings. Hope is also a weaver and knitter.
Everywhere I look there are such talented artisans, so many people combining a variety of arts and crafts. Most of us do it for love, a lucky few are able to earn a living from it. Luck is the wrong word there, it takes a huge amount of effort and talent and I guess the luck is in finding a market or being in the right place at the right time.
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