My Hand Bound Books

The covers for this landscape A4 hand bound book were made using original cyanotype prints. The front cover is a wet cyanotype, created using so many wildflowers gathered from the hedgerows around my beautiful Wiltshire home … there are Wild Mallows, Oxeye Daises, Buttercups and Toadflax. The back cover mainly features Wild Mallow flowers. So, I should start bybeing straight with you … I am a stationery addict! There! It’s out there! Nowyou know my biggest vice!!I’m also a writer anda keeper of journals. I am a lover of words… their meanings, their origins, and their use. My home has always been full ofnotebooks, there are piles of the…

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The covers for this landscape A4 hand bound book were made using original cyanotype prints. The front cover is a wet cyanotype, created using so many wildflowers gathered from the hedgerows around my beautiful Wiltshire home … there are Wild Mallows, Oxeye Daises, Buttercups and Toadflax. The back cover mainly features Wild Mallow flowers.

So, I should start by
being straight with you … I am a stationery addict! There! It’s out there! Now
you know my biggest vice!!

I’m also a writer and
a keeper of journals.

I am a lover of words
… their meanings, their origins, and their use. My home has always been full of
notebooks, there are piles of the things on every available space on the shelves,
in the cupboards, in the drawers.

Then, a few years
ago, I had a life-changing experience … I attended a Coptic bookbinding
workshop with local artist.

Why “life changing”,
you ask??

Well, imagine you absolutely
love music, and one day, someone sits you down at a piano and shows you how to
play, and then imagine that you’re good at it!!

Well, that’s what
learning to create books was like for me! I am a voracious writer, I am a woman
who has always found her voice in the written word, rather than the spoken one.
Hence the aforementioned mountains of stationery!

Here was a way for me
to create the very journals that I love to fill with words.

Here was a way for me
to create something special and beautiful with my own two hands.

A photograph of me creating a journal, folding the paper for the pages
I use recycled cartridge paper, 140 gsm, or heavier

The Wonderful World of Wildflowers

Ox-eye daisies dancing in the sun Summer in Wiltshire. A field of barley starting to turn yellow, sprinkled with red wild field poppies.There are so many wonderful aspects to my book making process, and one of the best bits is that I get to work with flowers. The cyanotype process is an alternative photography technique that produces a negative image of…

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Ox-eye daisies dancing in the sun

There are so many wonderful aspects to my book making process, and one of the best bits is that I get to work with flowers. The cyanotype process is an alternative photography technique that produces a negative image of whatever is placed on the paper. In my case, I use flowers, and that makes me very happy.

I love my garden, which may be small, but which is filled with as many flowers as I can possibly cram in and I use quite a lot of them in my cyanotype prints … osteospermums, black-eyed susans, clematis and cosmos. These are my favourite cultivated flowers. But mainly I use wildflowers.