50 books in a year of being 50

In this year of being 50 I have decided to follow one of my creative passions
and make 50 handmade books over the year.

Early next year I will find a way to exhibit the books and auction them.

The money raised will go to Plum Village in France,
a monastic retreat centre inaugurated by Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Books numbers 29 to 34

A selection of all the recent books to show the sizes and variety.

Book number 34, in out small book

Current bid for this book stands at £10
Another book that has Thich Nhat Hanh's lovely guided meditation words - in, out, deep, slow, calm, ease, smile, release, present moment, only moment.
This small book (4 x 3cm) has one phrase or word printed onto each page followed by a printed heart.
A delightfully tiny book!

Book number 33, circular book

Current bid for this book stands at £15
After a flurry of making books over the last week or so I had an idea to do something slightly different and here it is - a circular book. A group of pages folded together is called a signature, and several signatures sewn together create a book. This time I had lots of signatures and no covers, so I kept sewing them together and joined them to create a circular book.
The book measures 5.5cm high and is 13cm in diameter. There are 384 pages.

Book number 32, a handful of hearts

Current bid for this book stands at £20
A delightfully hefty book that sits neatly in your hand (unless you are a mouse or a giant!).
Measuring 14 x 12cm with 140 pages of beautiful cream handmade paper, this book has plain pages with a heart on every page.
It closes with a magnet over a heart shape.

Book number 31, printed leaf

Current bid for this book stands at £10
This book measures 21.5 x 15.5cm and has plain pages with a printed leaf or heart in each corner.
The front cover is also printed with the same leaves and hearts onto lilac book cloth.

Book number 30, blue leaf

Current bid for this book stands at £5
A small book measuring 6 x 5.5cm with 124 pages of plain white paper.
Just because I enjoy making small books!

Book number 29, bring mind and body home

Current bid for this book stands at £20
A simple brown paper backed book with plain pages and a printed quote from Thich Nhat Hanh at the bottom of each page.
Front cover and first page shown here.
The book measures 21.5 x 15.5cm and has 60 pages.
Plain and simple but full of beautiful words!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Book number 28, We are skylarks

Current bid for this book stands at £25
This book is a simple printed version of my poem, We are skylarks.

We are skylarks
riding the breeze
of the divine breath.

We are skylarks
glistening in the sun
of the divine light.

We are skylarks
singing in space
the song of the divine.

We are skylarks
dancing in the heartspace
of divine beauty.

We are skylarks
larking about
seeing everything as play.

The book size is 11.5 x 12.5cm with 12 pages on handmade (not by me!) cream paper with deckled edges.

front cover

showing some of the pages

Friday, 11 September 2015

Book number 27, a box of gift tags

Current bid for this book stands at £20
At last! Here is number 27, after a long summer break! And it's really pushing the boundaries of what a book is, but I'm working on the fact it is handmade from paper and card.
It is a box of 50 gift tags and it has been a great joy to make and to get back into this project after some weeks away.
The size of the box is 16 x 7 x 4cm and the gift tags range in size from 6.5 x 3cm to 13 x 6cm. Each one is hand-decorated.
Here is the evidence -
Here is a glimpse of all the gift tags.

This is the closed box - 

and the open box!