In today’s post I would like to introduce our Featured Artist for the month of July 2009;
I discovered Rhonda’s work, thanks to the Book Arts Forum. Rhonda makes the most superb hand bound books and specializes in the medieval style of bindings. For those of you who haven’t yet found Rhonda, here in her own words, is a little more about Rhonda and her work.
Who you are:
Rhonda Miller, MyHandboundBooks.com
Where you are (which country you are based in)?
Nova Scotia, Canada
What you do:
I am a bookbinder and I do some other book & paper arts like marbling, printmaking, origami, and a little paper making. Primarily I make blank journals and sell them on Etsy. I also sell some marbled papers on Etsy. When I have time, I like to create artist’s books and I have had a few included in art gallery exhibits.
What got you started in your creative journey?
It was the boxes of art and craft supplies that my parents gave me each year for Christmas! I’ve tried a lot of different things, from watercolour painting to jewellery design; but, about seven years ago I started making books while attending library school where some bookbinding classes were offered in the evenings. Since then, bookbinding has become my main creative outlet and it has led me into other areas of book and paper arts that are also very fulfilling and rewarding.
What inspires you:
History & technique. I spend a lot of time doing research and reading about the old styles of binding and I try to replicate them as much as possible, with some modernization to make them practical and durable as everyday journals.
If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?
I’d love to have a bindery / workshop / studio / classroom / gallery / gift shop space in a nice old downtown district somewhere with visiting artists and classes and exhibits and all that fun stuff.
What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?
The whole process is amazing: from conception of an idea to completion of a project. Although when a project is finally complete, particularly a big project, sitting back and looking at the finished work is certainly the most satisfying thing ever!
To find out more about Rhonda Miller and her work, please visit her blog and websites, details below.
These are Rhoda’s favorite sites on-line
Thanks to Rhonda for being our Featured Artist of the Month for July 2009
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon