I love journals and writing in them, so naturally they are a favorite thing for me to make as gift. I love selecting the paper, the cover and putting the book together. It makes me smile that binding these journals is a perfect use for the warp ends that would otherwise be waste when you are weaving with linen.
At the art gallery, we have had a number of requests for journals with art work on the cover, so I made a small one. Like many other handmade things, the materials are not the expensive part, it is the time that goes into them that is valuable. As a result the cost of this journal is more than I would want to pay for a journal. I did some research and my price was on par with most of the handmade journals.
The feedback so far is that lots of people pick it up, look at the price and then set it back down, and then ask if we have any other journals. I have been playing with the idea of having a local printer do the labor for me. They can print out the image and bind it in several different formats, all at a price that I would pay for a journal, but it no longer has the beauty of the hand bound binding and instead of a piece of original art on the cover, it is a print. It is a balancing act, the balance between commercial and art. Today’s art creative effort is for the test journal, to see if I can achieve a balance that I am happy with. I may have them bound with the background paper as the cover and then either cut the cover into a mat for a print, or attach a matted print.
I will be adding these seamless background textures to my flickr photo stream under a creative commons licence.