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Archive for September, 2010

Dos-a-dos His/Hers/Ours Goals Journal

September 18th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

Finishing this His/Hers/Ours Goals journal has been one of my artistic goals this summer! =)

Dos-a-dos Goals JournalThis is a completely handmade dos-a-dos journal, using acid-free paper, bound with a variation on the Centipede binding style over raised supports.  It lays flat for easy journaling.

Dos-a-dos Goals Journal: Side viewA dos-a-dos book (from the French meaning “back-to-back”) is a binding style where two (or more) books are joined back-to-back with the fore edge of one book next to the spine of the other, sharing a common back cover.

Dos-a-dos Goals Journal: Detail of bindingA detail view of the binding, showing the spine of the two outer journals, with the fore edge of the midde journal in between.

Dos-a-dos Goals Journal: Binding Close-up

I’ve entered this dos-a-dos journal along with two other handmade books (my Alphabet Caterpillar Book and my Mini Music Booklace) into the Cloth Paper Scissors Artisan Search 2011.  As I was on a roll, I couldn’t resist upgrading it from a 2-in-1 his/hers journal to a 3-in-1 “his/hers and ours” journal.   Comments welcome!  The finalists will be announced September 27th…  Wish me luck!

New mini-book: Book of the North

September 13th, 2010 by Nikki Smith

Book of the North - Cover

This mini four-in-one book measures 1″ deep by 3 1/4″ round when closed.  It was created from fabric, ribbon, ink-jet printed photos, and a snippet of a map treated with ice resin for the cover title.  Inside, four mini-books interlace to showcase old family photos and life on a farm in rural Minnesota.

Book of the North: Open

Each of the four mini-books follow a theme (winter and childhood play; old family portraits; outdoor activities and recreation; and farming life) and are hand-sewn to the ribbon closure.  The covers include fabric-wrapped tin and tiny magnets are stitched into the ribbon ends to secure the book.

Book of the North: side view

I really enjoyed making this mini-book, even if I missed a deadline with it!  It was nice to get back in the studio again now that my toddler has started “school” (day-care).  Feeling inspired, I’ve also started working on a few more books which will be posted shortly.  Stay tuned!

P.S.  That lovely painting glimpsed in the background of the first photo above is part of a beautiful oil painting of my childhood farm by fellow artist and friend, Wanda Hibbs.