tiny accordion book with leaves painted not eh cover
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Playing with other things: bookmaking

February 23, 2021

Most winters I take a little time off to play for a bit with new mediums, or new structures. It’s a way to relax for a bit and explore with absolutely no pressure. Sometimes doing something entirely new is lovely and relaxing and refreshing.

Codex: noun, plural co·di·ces [koh-duh-seez, koduh-].
a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
a manuscript volume, usually of an ancient classic or the Scriptures.
Archaic. a code; book of statutes.
Origin: 1575–85; <Latin c?dex, caudex tree-trunk, book (formed originally from wooden tablets); cf. code

It’s lovely to work with a group of like minded creative individuals and I was so happy to see some of my favorite artists (Hello Ana Buzzalino!) taking the class as well. You don’t always need to take a class to learn something – sometimes it is wonderful to just be spurred on by others.

tiny accordion book with green leaves painted on the cover

I had already been playing with watercolor and had leftover strips laying around that were perfect for experimenting with our first challenge: creating accordion books.

two tiny books, held shut by glass beads

I was enjoying the idea, not even worrying about what I’ll do with them. I sat about for a while then decided to write some of my favorite quotes on the pages.

written quote - success is often the result of takin a misstep in the right direction

written quote - have the courage to take your own thoughts seriously, for they will shape you

written quote - we are not what we know but what we are willing to learn

What are some of your favorite inspirational and aspirational quotes?

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Patti Maxwell
    February 28, 2021 at 4:56 pm

    I love this! Marianne Durr was the first person I knew who makes books. Now I have two book-making friends.

  • Reply
    Marni Fisher
    February 24, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Maybe this is the answer to that age-old riddle about art and craft.
    With craft, you have a good idea how the finished product will look and do whatever it takes to achieve that.
    With are, you have no idea how it will look when you’re done. It’s a discovery.

    – unknown

  • Reply
    Rebecca
    February 23, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Don’t be afraid to fail.
    Be afraid not to try.
    -unknown

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