I started making books for my friends, partly to use up the excessive amount of craft supplies that were cluttering my dorm room, and partly because it’s a Damn Good Gift (DGG). A handmade book solidifies a friendship somehow– I spend so much time thinking about this person during the process of making it, choosing colors and textures, knowing that they will then fill up this book with their own thoughts.
I’ve been making this journal for J. over the past week. The cover is made from wallpaper samples that I had left over from an old job, which I sewed together using fishing line. The inside is made from paper that we took out of the recycling bins in my dorm– most of them look like Sociology outlines and budget summaries. I also added some regular blank paper to the signatures, so the result is a mix of blank and text pages. The pages with print on them can be written over, drawn, painted, or altered in some way. It makes the book a more multimedia experience, I think. Plus, some of the pages that we rescued are really interesting…
“Learning to Be a Person”
(a useful lesson)