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Vintage wedding set

1 Sep

This wedding set has a wonderful nostalgic feel: the bride had special memories of leafing through her own mother’s album when she was young and wanted something that would remind her of this whilst retaining a modern edge.

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The wedding set consists of a large album for general wedding photos and a Polaroid guestbook where guests fill it with photos and messages on the day. Both books are side hinged and come with custom-made slipcases to protect the books for future years.

The lace used matches the lace on the wedding invitations, tying eveything together. I sketched several different cover visualisations based on suggestions the couple had and then they chose their favourite design.

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Dad’s Memory Book

26 Oct

Here is a Memory Book I made for my father’s birthday. The cover features a drawing that I made when I was about 7 years old. Evidently I thought my dad was a dog at the time…

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The book is crammed with old and not-so-old photos of my dad at various stages in his life: from when he was a toddler to him holding his toddler grandchildren. My siblings all wrote a personal message for my dad, many of which recounted funny memories from our childhood. The grandchildren made beautiful pictures and hand prints for their pages.

I left a few pages blank so that the book can be added to in the future.

Woolly book

26 Apr

Over the past few months, I have been working closely with the Sheep and Wool Centre in Leenane, Co Galway. The Centre has recently made many changes, including commissioning three books as part of its new display.

The idea was that the first book would display a range of Aran knitting samples, with information about each type of stitch. The wool samples had originally been part of the old display. They were a range of different sizes, colours and thicknesses, which meant it was a challenge to bind them.

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After some experimenting, I decided to crochet a wide border around each sample, using white wool, in order to create a uniform page size and thickness. I resisted the temptation to mount the samples onto another material, as this would have complicated the look of the book and would have restricted the viewer to only seeing/touching the front of the stitch sample.

There was a concern that the pages might be too floppy and might stretch over time. In order to avoid this, I inserted a thin flexible wire around each of the wool pages. I used a nylon-coated fishing wire as I didn’t want it to rust in the salty sea air – Leenane is on the Atlantic coast. The wire is hidden inside the wool and provides a subtle frame for each page.

Before each woollen page, I designed a transparent sheet, which outlines the stitch and gives its name and some information about it.

The book is covered with a highly durable, waterproof book-cloth. The raised design is a ball of wool running from the front to the back of the book. For the front page and end pages, I decided to use Aran stitch patterns as a motif – I was intrigued by the language of knitting patterns.

The book will be on display in the Sheep and Wool Centre in Leenane, Connemara, Co Galway if you happen to be passing by!

Architecture Portfolio

25 Feb

This side-bound book was made to showcase an architect’s portfolio. I worked in close conjunction with the architect to produce a minimalistic cover that complemented the portfolio’s subtle design.

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The cross on the cover mirrors the crosshairs featured throughout the text block’s design. I also fitted two extra spacer lengths along the spine of the book. When the architect wishes to add more pages to his portfolio, he can remove the spacers, thus creating extra space for pages.