May 11, 2011
I’m currently working on a surprise gift for a friend’s birthday. I’m making one little book for each year of their life so far. They have reached a venerable age, so there are quite a few to go. I love doing it though. It is meditative, you can pick it up anytime like knitting, and it is fun to see the stack growing. Each book has a cover and 4 pages and is sewn with one stitch.
I’ve dipped into my paper collection; it is heartening to have a destination for all those scraps of wrapping paper, hand decorated papers, bits of rice paper, remnants of discarded art, postage stamps, etc that I compulsively save. The insides of the books are cut from magazines, mostly the text pages.
Below you can get an idea of the scale, they are actually about 15 millimeters square (around 5/8ths of an inch).