Making tiny books and small blank journals makes me happy. I love constructing little books and especially like to make them with paper and cardboard headed for the recycle bin. When I was in graduate school in San Francisco I studied letterpress printing and bookmaking. I love everything related to the process of bookmaking but I found the art form too refined for me. I prefer a more rough and raw style and approach to bookmaking that has nothing to do with fine art.
I constantly pick up pieces of random paper and cardboard from shoe boxes, mailers, packaging, etc. and envision a life of purpose for it. It’s surprising that so many things we throw away can be transformed into a useful little notebook or a beautiful book arts project resulting in a sweet expression of the soul.
I’m blogging about tiny books to inspire myself to make more books! not to come across as an expert or established bookmaker by any stretch! Mostly my bookmaking is a quiet hobby and comes in handy when I want to make someone a special gift. I daydream about making lots of unique one-of-a-kind books and other paper creations, setting up an Etsy shop, and having an artist studio… but for now, keeping it simple and making books when the mood strikes is working out just fine.
Tiny Book Classes & Events
Don’t miss this amazing nationwide tiny book show brought to you by The Creativity Caravan: “Our vintage caravan, Maude, will become a bookmobile of Lilliputian proportions, stopping in select locations around the country to display a collection of tiny books hand made by artists and writers from around the world.”
Check their website for the full tour schedule. Most stops on the tour will include a tiny book workshop. Santa Barbara/Ventura/Ojai dates coming soon!