Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Book Arts Forum’

Welcome Back

This month our Featured Artist is;

Jackie Poutasse

I discovered Jackie and her work, when I first started bookbinding and was searching for forums/blogs on the subject. Jackie runs an excellent bookbinding forum called The Book Arts Forum Her work is excellent and there are links to her sites at the end of the article. For those of you who haven’t discovered Jackie yet, her in her own words is a little more about her.

BCR: Who you are:

JP: My name is Jacqueline Poutasse but I’m called Jackie
BCR: Where you are (which country you are based in):

JP: I’m on the east coast of the USA in Virginia Beach, Virginia

BCR: What you do:

JP: I’m mainly a book artist and photographer but for the past two years I have been in the fine arts program at our local community college learning how to draw and paint.

BCR: What got you started in your creative journey?

JP: Both my parents are artists. My dad is a woodworker and my mom paints and sews, so the creative gene is pretty prominent. I’ve always done some type of art/craft but about twenty years ago I was inspired to start making books as gifts for friends and then I fell in love with early 20th century French bookbindings and I was hooked.

BCR: What inspires you?

JP: My friends and family, other artists, basically the world around me.

 

BCR: If money, time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?

JP: I’d love to travel and take traditional painting classes in places like Italy.

 

BCR:  What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?

JP: That I get to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world.

 

BCR:  My blog is all about sharing links to creative people and their work. Are any of your sites/shops/ Classes that you would like to include details of and links to in your article?

JP: Definitely include my blog as well as The Book Arts Forum(which I think is still the best kept secret of the book arts world). Since I am on the final leg of my degree I haven’t had much time to teach classes so I’m not offering any at this time, though I am planning on starting up some online classes this fall in book arts. This summer I am planning on updating the blog and updating the forumsoftware to make them both more functional. I do have a Flickr site if someone wants to see examples of my work. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tjbookarts/

  

Many thanks to Jackie for being our Featured Artist for the month of September 2009. Do visit her sites and sign up to the best bookbinding forum there is.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

 

Read Full Post »

Welcome Back

Well that title needs some explaining doesn’t it! I have found a wonderful bookbinding community over on www.bookartsforum.com and at the end of last year one of the members suggested a swap based on the medieval book style of Nag Hammadi. These books were found burried in pots in the Egyptian dessert.

Here are some pictures of the book and the embellishments I made for it;

Front Cover of Nag Hammadi Book

Front Cover of Nag Hammadi Book

 

Inside the Nag Hammadi book

Inside the Nag Hammadi book

 

 After failed attempts to make my book with a board cover I reverted to leather and got on much better. Being a newish bookbinder, I do not have the tools or skills for some of the finer points of this bind. To make up for this I played to my streangths and used my papercrafting skills instead.

 

Detail of the boards lining the leather cover

Detail of the boards lining the leather cover

 

I used Cuttlebug embossing folder D’vine Swirls to create the texture on the inside of the covers and applied Perfect Pearls patina set for the colouring. I wanted to keep the tie closure to the book and to make it a neater finish I used a die cut from the Cuttlebug Harlequin  die for the front embelsihment, which I coloured with the same Patina set as the inside covers. This embellishment was attached with an eyelet which gave the ribbon tie a way of threading through the cover to the outside and be wrapped around the book to keep it closed.

 

Detail of handmade embellishments used on the cover of Nag Hammadi book

Detail of handmade embellishments used on the cover of Nag Hammadi book

 

Links

The Nag Hammadi library is a collection of early christian gnostic texts, found at the town of Nag Hammadi in Egypt in 1945.  Here is a link to the Nag Hammadi description over on Wikkapedia as they will do a much better job of explaining it all than me!

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nag_Hammadi

The volumes of the collection have been bound in a special and interesting way of coptic binding.

 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie

Read Full Post »

Welcome Back

 

Over the next few weeks I’d like to share some of the ATC’s I’ve made for the Book Arts Forum’s ATC Swap.

Here is the first one, there are more to come.

00114p001

Stamps; Crafty Individuals

Ink; Ranger Adirondack Dye based ink, Versafine Onyx Black.

 

Best Wishes and thanks for looking

Billie :)

Read Full Post »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 252 other followers