Custom Books

Hereís a quick peek at some bindings created in the past ten years for commercial clients. I was lucky to be able to only select projects that challenged my creativity and, basically, just sound like fun. Sometimes Iíd take on a job simply because I like the sentiment behind the project.

I focus mainly on art pieces now, but like keeping these images around just for the heck of it. Enjoy.

 

 

(above) A guest book for a wedding in the Smokey Mountains, pulp painted, (below) A guest book pulp painted to resemble the view from the clientís New Hampshire home.† Ethiopian style bindings with sewn endbands.

A Bat Mitzvah guest book with inset copy of the client-designed invitation on the front. Ethiopian style binding.

This set of six guest books was created for a local antique shop. Cattail paper brushed with ink, letterpress printed pages held between covers with post screws. Cover printed from antique wood type.

This Hawaiian wedding called for a book with a bit more whimsy. Covered with vintage shirt fabric with bamboo accent, bound in a Ethiopian style† binding.†

Many books become a true collaboration with the client. This wedding album serves as guest book, photo album, anniversary keepsake (each spouse wrote a letter to the other in separate sewn-in booklets to be read on their first anniversary) and scrapbook. The bride created the woodblock print used on the cover.