Looking back on 2009, I realized early in 2010 that my book making had petered out. I‚Äôd get ideas, but the execution of even a small run seemed daunting. But I missed it. To me, there‚Äôs nothing like that moment when a bunch of paper stuck together becomes a book. I‚Äôve taught bookbinding in the school system for years, and that ‚Äėaha‚Äô moment is my very favourite moment of every single workshop. I never get sick of it.
So in January of 2010, I decided that I would make one book a month, just one. Of course, I ended up making small runs every now and then, but the goal was just one, and it was totally manageable. In fact, it was exciting ‚Äď I‚Äôd spend the month thinking, gathering, collecting and sketching out ideas. It was a far more thoughtful process than my previous manic-crazy-run-out-of-paper-mid-way-through-book-making adventures.
Truth be told, many books got made at midnight on the 31st of the month, but I still did it, a book every single month. And I pushed myself to experiment with different ideas I‚Äôd often been meaning to play with ‚Äď paper cutting, letterpressing and pop-ups (still need to play around more with this one!).
Looking at them all now, it‚Äôs clear that I am smitten with Nepalese paper for its forgiving nature and almost fabric-like texture. I also love St. Armand paper. It cuts like a dream, and holds letterpressed ink like nobody‚Äôs business.
I‚Äôm going to continue the book-a-month project in 2011. I was thinking I should push myself and try new papers‚Ä¶and I will, but I‚Äôm going to focus on collaborations this year. Songwriter-photographer-fibre-and-art friends, beware!
Happy making. 2011‚Äôs going to be a good one, I can feel it!
ps: here‚Äôs a run down of my 2010 books