My night-time reading canon

As far back as I can remember, I’ve read myself to sleep. As a kid, I churned through C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia, which I encountered at the age of five while stricken with chicken pox), Roald Dahl (Danny, Champion of the World, The BFG, etc.), F.W. Dixon’s accounts of Frank and Joe Hardy…

Art book construction dilemma

Anyone interested in my artwork and/or possessed of a creative knack for problem-solving should note my recent post on a construction problem I'm having with a book I'm making. Viagra jokes aside, it's a difficulty of finding the right stiffener for this particular project. (Can't wait to see what my blog stats will look like…

On being stood up: book construction dilemma

I'm currently working on (among other things) an accordion-style book that is attached on both ends to its cover, the inside of which forms the background to the piece. Since that description's about as clear as mud I'll clarify. The pages are attached to each other and, when compacted, pleat like an accordion or concertina….

Random literary musings of little import

Every year, at least once a year, I read the The Hobbit and Tolkien's trilogy. I've been doing this for about ten years now and still get something new out of them when I'm reading. Sometimes it's a general realisation of patterns and concepts, but often I simply read more thoroughly or with greater attention…

Another Book Completed. Phew.

I spent this morning putting the finishing touches on the most recent book… Primary construction is cotton fabrics and assorted threads. The pages are stabilised with Pellon heavy-weight stabiliser (not super heavy weight, just plaint heavy) and the covers are stabilised additionally with the pages from an old kids' board book. I found the cover…

Nearing completion

I'm getting close to done on this book. I did put it aside for a while and worked on a few other things, mainly because my brain needed a rest from the mental juggling that is involved in planning and preparing a book of this sort. The first book wasn't so tricky. I did up…

Monday morning web wandering

It's Monday, I have a tonne and a half of work to do and less time in which to do it than I ought (working with a child around is more like juggling than anything else), so here are a few quick and interesting links. First, the D*I*Y Planner by Doug Johnston of A Million…

Review: “Living the Artist’s Life” by Paul Dorrell

On March 6th, my sister-in-law Heather sent me an email about a book called "Living the Artist's Life" by Paul Dorrell. Specifically, she sent me an email telling me that they were giving away FREE copies to bloggers and had just extended the offer to locations outside of the continental United States. A sentence containing…

Review: “Living the Artist’s Life” by Paul Dorrell

On March 6th, my sister-in-law Heather sent me an email about a book called "Living the Artist's Life" by Paul Dorrell. Specifically, she sent me an email telling me that they were giving away FREE copies to bloggers and had just extended the offer to locations outside of the continental United States. A sentence containing…

What have we done?

We have a lot of books in our house. One of the things on which we pride ourselves on is having books that reflect our interests; tomes that can be pulled from the shelf at need to reveal information or solve debates. We have a Concise Oxford English dictionary in the house that floats from…

Review: “The Art of Fabric Books”

I picked this book up last night by grace of the generosity of friends. It's one I've heard raved and rhapsodised about on several listservs, discussion groups and blogs. Perhaps because of this, I delayed buying it for a bit. Silly, I realise, but I tend to shy away from trends almost instinctively. Perhaps it's…

Review: “The Art of Fabric Books”

I picked this book up last night by grace of the generosity of friends. It's one I've heard raved and rhapsodised about on several listservs, discussion groups and blogs. Perhaps because of this, I delayed buying it for a bit. Silly, I realise, but I tend to shy away from trends almost instinctively. Perhaps it's…