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Purplebean Bindery - Journals

PPB2Purplebean Bindery was born out of necessity. While in college I took a book binding class, became fascinated with the book form and couldn’t stop making books. My shelves sagged with stacks of hand-bound books so it seemed logical to begin selling them to make room for more and fund my book making habit. There are hundreds of ways to bind a book and I love experimenting with new styles.

I also have favorite bindings, including the buttonhole stitch, coptic binding and accordion books. The buttonhole binding is one of my favorite ways to stitch together a book. The exposed spine sewing uses no glue and is both decorative and functional. The books have rigid cloth covers. I use heavy paper for the pages too, so they will hold up to all types of writing and drawing. These books will lay open flat without breaking the spine, so they are great to work in.

My formal education is in photography and art education, and I now divide my time more or less equally between the three, with some design work on the side and the rest of life (which includes a wonderful family, a sassy rescue mutt, hiking, cooking, and serious vegetable gardening).  My home studio is bright and sunny, in Auburn, Maine.

You’ll rarely find me making the same book twice also; there are too many beautiful papers and fabrics out there to be bound together. Every book I make, whither it be blank or an artist book, I think of as a marriage of form and function. I love the intimacy and interaction of the book form too. Leaf through, unfold or unroll one of my artist books and you’re actively discovering and participating in the art.

I love the idea that every blank book I bind is collaborative art project between myself and whomever ends up filling the pages.