Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Maiden Voyage

This is my maiden voyage in the world of blogging. And after a long pause after typing that last sentence, I'm ready to jump in!

My world outside my home revolves around paper.
Making it.
Folding it.
Tearing it.
Sewing it.
Binding it.
I am currently juggling many projects at once. I am teaching a workshop in Japanese paper making on Saturday with my friend and mentor, Sara Gilfert, at her studio and gallery Paper Circle where I am an artist intern. I have origami centerpieces to create for a party following week. I have an open house where I will sell some journals at the end of the month. Another paper making workshop after that. And a children's summer art program that starts in June to finish preparing for. How did I get so lucky to be able to spend my days doing what I love? I won't ask. I'm just going to create and enjoy!

I have been doing a lot of book binding lately. Two bindings which I absolutely love are the one needle Coptic stitch and the Italian longstitch. The latter I was lucky enough to learn from Eileen Wallace of Mile Wide Press. If you ever have a chance to take a workshop with her, I would strongly recommend it!

Pictured here are some of my Italian longstitch. The two smaller in the back were my first, and my personal journals. The blue one has a cover made of indigo dyed flax paper (from Cave Paper). This paper makes a wonderful cover!

These two are Italian longstitch, but made with felted wool as the cover. What a great way to recycle an old blanket...

My one needle Coptic journals...


  1. Woohoo! I am so glad you joined the blogging community. People should really have the chance to see what wonderful work you do.

  2. Congratulations, Susie! This is a GREAT blog! And , yes, Saturday's workshop was such fun. Thank you millions of times for all you do for me and the studio! We could not do it without you, truly.

  3. Susie, thank you for posting this site in the yahoo Papermakers group, your photo's are wonderful! Great coptic stitching, and I love love love the longstitch.


  4. Wow, I love your books, they're gorgeous.