i spend a lot of time thinking about both book structure and purpose: to me, a book is a container, a book is a space for healing, a book is a space for stories. a book is a place for the reflection of rituals and sacred exchanges, our big and small moments of awe and intrigue.
the act of creativity, of creating a custom book, for me, is furthering of a kind of magic: we take an idea, a conversation, a vision and we make it into something tangible. we listen, we contemplate, and we make.
in early 2017, brittni approached me about creating a custom guestbook for her wedding. she wanted an object that would serve as a space for remembering the magic of her special day, for holding polaroids and notes of care and encouragement from family and friends. knowing brittni's work as a dancer and a yoga instructor, i knew wanted to create a pattern that is as fluid and free as a dance, and combine it with the structure and support of a strong binding, evoking both the structure and support of a partnership, a marriage. together we chose a coptic stitch, leaving the knots of the binding exposed; a cool, gray cover with the bride and groom's names hand lettered and adhered in a recessed space; and end pages with hand marbled papers in grays, blues, and pinks.
but for johnny and brittni, we expanded the joy of their wedding day even further: in addition to recreating johnny and brittni's coptic bound photo album as a christmas gift for her family, we also worked together to create a set of unique photo albums for wedding for other members of her family. brittni printed images of the wedding day and pasted them into the books to share with family and friends.
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thanks so much, brittni! for your own custom book, send me an email.