Why make your own books
Why make my own books?
These hand-made books contain pages made out of brown paper bags and envelopes from the bank and the tax office.
The covers are made of a wallpaper sample and brown corduroy from a pair of my old trousers.
The printed endpaper is made from a stamp that I carved into a children’s eraser.
A few years ago, I made a decision: I would never again buy anything “cheap” if I could help it. In other words, I would buy less than I had bought in the past, but it would all be good quality.
What kind of books to make
Try doing this with an ebook!
As a keen book maker, I have become increasingly interested in how physical books are different from ebooks.
One of the best examples of that is the pop-up book…
What to do with Work In Progress?
Taking loose sketches, notes, to-do lists and used diary pages, I use a Filofax holepunch, then stitch it all together as a “book”.
(This type of stitch is called Japanese stab binding.)
What do you do with yours?
Recently, instead of distributing boring sheets of A4 after a talk – I decided to provide the same content as a one-off, mini-booklet (still using just one sheet of A4).
I drew it by hand, scanned and copied it, then slightly customised each one, using coloured pens. People loved it.
What do people think?
Satisfied customers… eventually
After my recent book-making demonstrations at Selfridges, I got some feedback that gave me pause for thought.
Kavita Kapoor attended the class with Jesse Chan-Norris, expecting to be shown some very finished books (“it was billed as a masterclass,” she writes on her blog, and she was dismayed by what followed…
Library of dreams
When How To Change The World came out I asked people at public events to write down one dream on a tiny piece of paper.
I created little handmade books to hold all these people’s dreams in storage – and this morning I stumbled upon this small stash.