It's all happening over on Instagram! Make sure you are following @stoneburnerbooks to see my work in progress and for giveaways this holiday season.
A new year is a great time to assess how life is going and what might need to change. This happens in my personal life each year, but for the first time I am turning this lens to my work life. For some time now I have been making items and trying new things. Some items get posted here, some on my Etsy site and some just sit in my studio while I move on to other projects. I spent 2014 cleaning up the studio, clearing things out, focusing on what I wanted to make and what I wanted to achieve with my work. I have grown and changed as a bookbinder and as a person, most dramatically over the past year. Bringing a second child into the world means I have less time to devote to my work, so I want to use the time I do have in the best way possible. I practiced this process during the holiday, making a distinct plan to focus on only four miniature book ornament designs and that was it. I made ornaments of which I was very proud and I didn't waste my time playing around with other designs that don't play to my strengths or meet my vision for my Etsy shop.
I think that I made a lot of headway last year, but one thing was nagging at me each time I logged in to my Etsy account. Actually twenty-three things. So in the spirit of focusing on the future of my work, I am letting go of some of my past work at really great prices (including items just in time for Valentine's Day).
I am very excited for what is percolating for 2015 and I look forward to sharing my Spring collection with you in the coming months.
2014 was a great year for me both personally and professionally. Personally, it was a big year as we welcomed our second child in July. Professionally, I achieved many of the goals I had set for myself this year, took on numerous custom projects and my journals are now available in a real brick and mortar store. I am rounding out this year with a neat custom disc and USB case for a cinematographer in Dallas (see below) and am already looking forward to my new journal designs for spring.
While New Year's Eve is possibly my least favorite holiday, I do love all of the hope and excitement a new year brings. I am looking forward to what 2015 has in store for me and wish you all a safe and happy New Year!
A selection of my journals, notebooks and miniature book ornaments are now available locally in Boston! Stop in at Papercuts, JP to find many items not available in my Etsy shop. Papercuts opened on Saturday and it is a fantastic little shop with a great selection of general fiction, non-fiction, best sellers and lots of gems you didn't even know you were looking for. Here's a peek at what you can find from me:
And here's an article with more about the shop: Boston Herald
Papercuts, JP - 5 Green Street in Jamaica Plain
This fall I was contacted regarding preserving a family Bible. The client said that it wasn't a particularly fancy Bible, but she had a sentimental attachment to it and wanted to present it to her son. I love bringing old books back to life, but even more so when the book is one cherished from childhood.
Front Cover Showing Detached Spine Piece
Back Cover Showing Detached Joint and Old Cellophane Tape
Detached Back Cover and Torn Endsheet
The main problems on the Bible surrounded the spine: the back joint was broken, a section of the spine paper was detached and the back cover was pulling away from the endsheet, further weakening the spine. The text block was in good shape, so I decided to add a new piece of linen bookcloth to improve support to the spine.
The first step was to remove the old cellophane tape that had been put along the back joint in a decades-old repair job. I used a microspatula to remove the tape and an adhesive pick-up cube as well as a vinyl eraser to remove the remaining sticky residue. There was also tape on both the front and back hinges that was removed using the same technique.
Back Hinge After Cellophane Tape Removal
To repair the spine, I ran new linen bookcloth from between the original front cover paper and front cover board, across the spine of the book and into the space between the back cover paper and back cover board. This new cloth provided a sturdy spine to support the weight of the textblock in the covers, but the client also wanted to retain the original look of the Bible's spine. To meet that end, I glued the old paper spine to the new cloth, attaching the top end that had been completely torn off.
The Repaired Spine (With a Thin Line of the New Tan Cloth Visible Along the Joint)
Once the spine was secured, I turned to the hinges that needed repair. To repair the tears along the hinges I used Japanese tissue and wheat paste. Japanese tissue comes in a variety of weights and shades of white, so I chose one that was roughly the same weight as the endsheets and would be translucent when dry. The tissue is handmade with long fibers that provide flexibilty and strength, making it perfect for mending torn or delicate paper.
Japanese Tissue Strip Ready for Paste
Back Hinge After Japanese Tissue Repair
Once the hinges were finished I used PVA adhesive to glue down the small places along the cover edges where the original paper had loosened. Overall, though the repairs might not be that noticable, they made the Bible much stronger and able to be used once again.
Bible Ready to Be Returned to Client
Things have been quiet here on the blog, but that is only because work in the studio has been so busy. I started back from maternity leave in late September and have had one cool project after the other since then. I can't wait to share photos of everything that has come across my workbench lately: a preservation project, a fun wholesale order, a large custom case order and all my new holiday items. Stay tuned to the blog and Facebook for updates over the next few weeks.
In early July we welcomed our second son to the Stoneburner family. He has been amazing and such an easy baby that I have decided to reopen the shop now. All items in the shop are ready to ship. Custom orders will be accepted beginning later in the fall.
Thank you for your continued support!
My preservation project is finished! This week I finished up the photograph, correspondence and paper collections and what a difference it made! Take a look at the before and after pictures below.
In addition to finishing up the preservation project, I also finished up two big custom orders and a shop order. With all of these projects heading out of the studio, I was able to do a deep clean of my workspace. Now I can't wait to get back in the studio and get creating again!
Just a quick reminder - the last day for custom orders is June 15. After that I will not be accepting orders until October.
Today the other part of my preservation supplies order arrived - clamshell boxes! Maybe it's an indication of my nerdiness, but I got so excited for these to arrive. They ship flat and then you fold them up to make a box with a lid that nestles over the bottom. This style of box is fantastic for keeping dust and light out and the double side-walls from the overlapping lid adds strength to prevent crushing. Now all of my journals are re-housed and protected for the future.
This week I also began re-housing my photograph collection and have finished about 25%. Hoping to have more photographs processed and a few new cases to show next week.