The House that Book Built

photo of a house-shaped book

The House that Book Built

Seeing as I am currently press-less (both the printing and binding kinds), and have no board shear, yet having an endless stream of ideas, I had to do something.  I’ve been thinking about houses and the narratives they are of our lives, and also villages as narratives of a community, so I thought of creating a village of narrative houses.  This first little book is just a prototype to see if it was possible to implement my idea.  I cut the board by hand.  Not nice on the wrists so I’ll have to get access to a board shear before I can complete the project.  The prototype did call some details to my attention that I’ll have to modify before I go into production mode, like the fact that the book likes to splay open when you set it up house-like.  I think I know how to fix it, though, so no worries.

**As a little FYI, that pink paper behind the house?  I colored that with madder during a Natural Dyeing for Book Artists workshop given by the natty Natalie Stopka at the Center for Book Arts in June.

About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.
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2 Responses to The House that Book Built

  1. Kate says:

    Beautiful little book! Looking forward to seeing more of them. K x

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