Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Emerson Bindery's Elegant Books

One of the things that really drew me to papermaking was my love of books. So I'm always on the lookout for handmade books of exceptional quality. I found some recently in this wonderful little shop owned by a perfectionistic bookmaker named Beth. When it comes to bookbinding being a perfectionist is a good thing!

Vanilla Water Blossom Journal

Vanilla Water Blossom Journal inside

Beth says, "I enjoy custom orders and working with my customers to create a book they'll fall in love with! I've worked with Grammy award winning rock band, The Fray, to create a backstage guest book for their 2009 summer tour. I have also worked with The Arnold Grummer Company to design an accordion book project using handmade papers and recycled CDs for the covers."

This multi-talented artist also plays in the clay and makes some lovely polymer pendants.

Elf Square Celtic Pendant Botanical Leaf Pendant

Here's where you can see more of Beth's work and learn more about her:

Etsy Store:

Saturday, February 6, 2010

My Paper Jewelry

I haven't talked about my jewelry here so I figured now is the opportune time since I'm having a 20% off sale. And I sure wouldn't want you all to miss it! *wink*

Over the years I've made many different styles of paper jewelry. I started with just handmade paper sandwiched with Pellon interfacing. I painted fun designs on the paper, attached posts or wires and called them earrings....and rightly so, they were indeed earrings, just not very durable. My latest rendition of jewelry incorporates brass wire. I form the wire into the desired shape and then pound it flat and polish it. The paper is adhered to the metal and sealed using a polymer medium called Paverpol. This stuff is amazing! If you work with natural fibers (fabric, paper, etc.) that you want rock hard and indestructible, this is the stuff! You can read more about it on their website

So without further ado, I present Bijouterie Papier!