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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.

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2 Responses to “New mini-book: Book of the North”

  1. Wow this is really cool…

  2. Tootsie says:

    How did you do this…it looks simple enough but to get them to fold within…?
    Just wondering…would you share? Love your work…back to clickin’ on you blog
    OWOH tootsie

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