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Butterfly leather wedding album

26 Aug

Here is a beautiful blue leather album I bound for a couple’s wedding day. I was given many mementos from the wedding decor including sashes, tables decorations, mass booklets and much more. I incorporated these different elements into the design of this special album.

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The soft leather wraps around the album pages and is fastened using a purple sash – which had been used to decorate the chairs at the wedding reception. I like the contrast between the shimmery purple material and the bold colour of the leather. The endpapers are hand-marbled by me using complementary colours that mimic the pattern of butterfly wings – a motif used throughout the wedding.

For the inside page, I hand-cut little butterflies and laid them out so that they look like they are flying across the pages. This ties in with the seating plan for the top table which I attached to the following page. Each page of the album has a glassine sheet. These protect each individual photo and prevents them from sticking to each other. They also add a very luxurious feel to the whole album.

In the centre of the album I have bound in the couple’s wedding booklet, removing the staples and thus preventing any rust deterioration in the future. The stitching along the spine is an altered darting stitch. I changed the layout of the holes so that they would mimic wings, tying in with the butterfly theme.

 

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Wedding card book

23 Mar

This book contains a collection of wedding cards bound together as a keepsake. The highly-customised book is packed with special wishes from friends and family and is an original way of keeping these precious memories together.

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My client had saved many memorabilia from their wedding day – from the bridesmaid dress material, wedding ribbon to the wedding invite. Each of these details provided inspiration for me and were incorporated into the design of this unique book.

The red material which I used to line the inside of the white leather was spare material saved from the bridesmaid dresses. The vivid red creates a beautiful contrast against the white leather and other hints of this red are used throughout the binding.

This wedding was a winter wedding and the motif of a snowflake was used on the invitations. I embroidered this motif on the front of the cover tying in the winter theme once again.

Baby birthday card book

1 Nov

This book contains a collection of a baby’s birthday cards. A lot of the time, these cards remain in a box or bottom of a drawer, some inevitably getting lost along the way.

I bound these cards together using a medieval style of limp leather binding. This style of binding has been used since the 14th century and was particularly popular with members of the clergy and travelling journeymen.

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I have strengthened each card along its spine to ensure the stability of the book. The end paper – lining the leather and making up the first and last page – is a thick handmade paper from Nepal. It has a beautiful velvety texture with real leaves forming part of the paper.

Walking journal

4 Jan

Recently I was asked to make a book that would be used as a diary to record walks taken. The person is an avid walker who wished to keep a journal of routes taken and points of interest on the walks after he has finished his journey.

I decided to make a ‘bible-style’ book and to include a map of the West of Ireland, where pretty much all the walks were taken. The book is quite large and hopefully will record all his walks for a long time to come!

The two circular images on the cover are maps of star constellations; one for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern Hemisphere – handy if he ever gets lost on a walk at night…

 

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I was originally going to include a series of Ordance Survey maps that had detailed sections of the area but I figured that he probably had these maps already and that a map covering a larger area would work better. I found a map of the whole west of Ireland area which was much more suited to the journal’s function.

I re-folded the map to suit the size of the book. It folds out to twice the width shown in this photograph. The inscription on the first page reads ‘I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me’.