John-Paul Flintoff

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.

Why hand-made matters

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.

Home decorated plate, "Eye love you", by Nancy

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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.

Handmade Sew Your Own fully open

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?

Handmade handouts

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

Handmade Jane's picture of Kathryn at Selfridges 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.