Monday, October 20, 2014

Let's Say YES to Books and Fabrics!

Assalamualaikum and Hello all,
It's Monday and I'm ready to rock the desk! 

I've experimented a lot, lately, with papers, board and all yummy fabrics that I've collected so far. I just can't get enough time to blog about these all. Fabrics are totally inspiring me to do more than just covering my books. It's a good thing and I'll treat that as a therapy! 

I'm sharing handbound books that I made using crafts papers, binding thread, board, and fabrics as the book covers, also with elastic band as the closure and cute charm as the bookmark. Experimenting phase are great time to mix and match patterns, and try to create good looking books.

These are A6 handbound books with elastic band closure, from front (above) and back (below) view. I love the stars and the houses, that's why I use them a lot in my book project. Yeehoo!

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself"
~ George Bernard Shaw ~

I made these too, earlier and I realized that I forgot to attached the book closure. My bad, but that's why I call it experimenting phase. A lot to practice and a lot to get used to -_-

“You don't love someone because they're perfect,
you love them in spite of the fact that they're not” 
~ Jodi Picoult ~

Oh by the way, I always use polka dot fabrics in my project. They're simply my best choice when I get stuck, boring or confused. They're always adorable. Don't you think so?

I bet you can see the differences between all stitches, from the picture. But you can read more, HERE

All shots are taken somewhere at Kampung Bagan Buaya, Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang. I enjoy snapping pictures here, on a classic wooden bench. How I miss my old bench that was once my favorite place when I was a child. It was a cool village, with small river, goats and chickens around. I really hope you enjoy all pictures, 'cause I really put my full effort into it, YEAH ^_^

“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life”
~ Mark Twain ~

Before I end my post, I'd like to share some old pictures (part of my journey as a bookbinder) that you may find on my Instagram and FB page. They're maybe old, but they're inspired me everyday. I hope you enjoy!

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That's all for now, have a blissful Monday!
Thank you.

Friday, October 10, 2014

My Special MADE: Long Books!

Assalamualaikum w.b.t and hello everyone,

I'm glad that I can finally blog about these two, my favorite long books!

“Long books, when read, are usually overpraised,
because the reader wishes to convince others and himself
that he has not wasted his time.” 
~ E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel ~

The one on the left is covered with black-brown-letter paper and the other one is covered with blue-white polkadot fabric. The books are special because both books have different covers on front and back, We mix & match patterns for the book covers and that was one of the best, exciting process! Special stuffs are totally for special MADE.

It's PAPER versus FABRIC this time >_<

I used kettle stitching with butterfly knot for both books and they have a very nice stud-leather as closure! Despite of using cotton tape for the stitch, I used the leather piece of same colors instead.

I enjoy taking photos outdoors, and take advantage on beauty of nature, but below are some of the indoor pictures that I could share with all of you.

The books are really tall, aren't they?

I'm sharing some of my early related posts that you may find on my Instagram and FB page. You may LIKE & FOLLOW me to get updated, as I always use both sites as the main platforms to announce, promote things and updates!

Can you spot the pencil cases next to the books? YEAH, I made it too! (I'll blog about that later, yeehoo!) Oh, by the way, I cut the leather piece to a nice size and shape so that when you close the book and 'seal' it, it leaves a little space to fit your favorite pen ♥

That's all for now. I hope you enjoy and have a blissful day!
Thank you.