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.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

These books need more love

The following books all have bids for less than £10 currently and I feel they need a boost and a bit of love!
Book No 5 Wooden birds
This book is a very small cute one that I made as a variety to the other bigger ones previously.

 It is a delightful 4 x 3cm with 2 tiny wooden birds decorating the front cover.

The 116 pages are from an old poetry book (apologies to Wordsworth).

Book No 16 Mind is a great storyteller
This book features one of my poems, written in Plum Village last June. The last page is cut out to feature the final line. The covers and pages are decorated with decoupage.
The front cover is decorated with patterned paper pieces. Stitching at the left hand side is coptic binding, which is how the book is assembled.

This shows some of the inner pages and the cut out on the last page. It is 15.5 x 21.5cm with 12 pages and the poem is handwritten. You can read the poem on my Mindful Living blog here 

Book No 18 Borrower's Maroon
A book for Borrowers, measuring just 3 x 8cm.

The maroon paper is from Namaste, a shop in the UK that imports beautiful handmade papers, furniture etc. from Thailand and India. There are 136 pages made from fine rice paper.

Book No 25 Silence Heart
Book number 25, (yay! half way through) is a heart-shaped book held together with a split pin. It has the poem Silence written on individual pages which appropriately open out into a lovely fan.

This is the book closed

and this is what it looks like open.
It measures approximately 8 x 8cm with 17 pages.
You can read the poem on my Mindful Living blog here 

Book No 30 Blue Leaf

A small book measuring 6 x 5.5cm with 124 pages of plain white paper.
Just because I enjoy making small books!

Book No 35 In out Concertina
This book has the same words as book number 34 (in, out, deep, slow, calm, ease, smile, release, present moment, wonderful moment) but in a small concertina book, measuring 4 x 4cm. 
Here is the book, closed with a ribbon and bead. The concertina page is made from rice paper and the cover is handmade paper with multi coloured threads in it.

Here is the open book with words printed (each letter printed individually).

Book No 37 Book Decoration
This small purple and pink book opens out into a folded decoration by sliding the bead down the ribbon to open and then back up to close.

Measuring just 4 x 4cm with a sparkly purple cover and purple ribbon.

Here is the open book decoration with pink and silver pages inside.

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