This now leads me on to this current project.
I have decided to celebrate being 50 by making 50 handmade books throughout the year. Next year, probably in February, I will auction the books and send the money to Plum Village. http://plumvillage.org/ Plum Village is a very important place for me and I am happy to support it in this way. It was set up in 1982 by Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) as a retreat centre and is now a thriving monastic and lay community in southern France, near Bordeaux. Anyone can go for a week's retreat there. Thay teaches mindfulness and his teaching has become the path that I follow to guide me through life. I have spent 6 years researching his teachings on Mindfulness and Engaged Buddhism for my Ph.D which I recently completed. Now I'd like to give something back to help this beautiful place and all it represents continue.
I have already started making the books and in the following posts I will include each one separately with some info about it. Some of the books will be plain notebooks and others will have content in them, specifically from the poems that I write. This is part of my mindfulness practice and they are shared on one of my other blogs Mindful Living - http://lauribower.blogspot.co.uk/
So to give you a taste, here is the first book.
Current bid for this book stands at £10
The cover is made from calico printed with 3 feathers and tied to close with a ribbon.
I made the lino cut for the feather.
Showing the range of pages, some pale blue, some white and some squared on one side.
The book has 92 pages.
The size of the pages are 7.5 x 7.5cm and the cover is 8.5 x 8.5cm.