Bookbinding is a craft I never knew existed until I was in my early twenties in college. When I took a course called “Artist’s Books” I instantly fell in love with the techniques and sewing structures I learned. I already liked making cards and embroidery, so bookbinding seemed like a natural marriage of the two!
I’ve always been one of those people who bought lots of blank journals and never wrote in them (I do now though! one page a day is the way to go) because I loved the paper. Well now I have an excuse to buy all KINDS of fancy papers, and handmade screen printed papers from Japan, Nepal and Thailand are my favorite.
I create all of my work with my own hands – the book covers are hand cut, the pages hand folded and the books are sewn together! I enjoy breathing life into an ancient craft (going back thousands of years!) and putting my own colorful, whimsical spin on it.
In March of 2011 I started my own stationery line called Concertina Press – I design vintage style nautical invitations and stationery. Check out my Concertina Press Etsy Shop and my Concertina Press blog, too.
Want to contact me?
Ruth (at!) RuthBleakley (dot!) com