Local writer, bookmaker, and arts educator Lindsay Zier-Vogel has been a customer of our store for many years. She has agreed to lend her creativity to our blog. Here she tells us about her most recent book making project. See more of Lindsay’s fabulous works on her website.
I have been creating hand-bound limited edition books for the last 10 years and love nothing more than turning paper into books.
In January, I realized I had been so focused on working on a novel-length manuscript that I hadn’t been writing poems or making hand-bound books as often as I wanted to be, so I decided that for 2010, I’d make (at least!) one book a month (and write a poem a day…!).
I was scared it’d be daunting, having to create a book every 30 days, but it turns out, it’s not daunting in the least. Instead, it’s so inspiring. Doing one book (with a small run of max. 5 books) keeps me motivated and inspired. And as soon as the month’s book is done, I find myself starting to dream up the next creation. Having a month to ruminate makes it all the more exciting when I actually get down to business.
I read an astounding book in March – “If No One Speaks of Remarkable Things,” by Jon McGregor. It is a stunning read, with the most gorgeous images of urban skies and birds and telephone wires that inspired many a-poem.
I knew the St. Armand’s paper would hold up well to the bit of pop-up on the cover and the Nepalese paper on the inside holds ink from my bubble jet printer like a dream.
A poem from the book:A blurred wing, the edges of roofs and chimneys smeared, but her voice, a telephone wire, words falling into a sidewalk square.