Friday, November 18, 2011

Tomorrow's Show is......

T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. This is my most local of shows at our high school. It is organized by the super talented engineering students and is also a fundraiser for kids in Kenya and Tanzania. What's not to like. Stop by and see me tomorrow, Saturday November 19th, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Handmade Arcade

I am thrilled to be a first time vendor at Handmade Arcade. This Pittsburgh based show is amazing and I have always wanted to be a vendor.

I have some fun new products for the show including these bug books that incorporate vintage bug prints into the covers of these blank journals.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


As many of you know, my day job is book conservator for The Smithsonian Institution Libraries. I recently travelled to Haiti for two weeks to work with the Smithsonian sponsored Haitian Cultural Recovery Center in Port-au-Prince. I spoke at length with Tina Seamonster of Hello Craft about my experience. You can listen to the podcast here.

The experience was amazing and overwhelming. Haiti is struggling to recover from the earthquake that hit in January f 2010. Rubble litters the streets and an estimated 700,000 people still live in tent cities without basic sanitation or access to clean water.

I won't win any awards for photo journalism - the majority of the photos I was able to take were out of a moving car. This photo shows the National Palace with it's toppled domes visible above the tent city that sprang up after the earthquake.

The highlight of my experience was working with the wonderful staff at the National Library of Haiti. They were professional, hardworking and determined to build a better Haiti. The project we worked on involved taking books damaged when the stacks of the library toppled in the earthquake. We cleaned, boxed and sorted the books. In the process, books that needed further repair or had mold damaged were flagged for future treatment.

This is the team of eight we worked with to treat the earthquake damaged books. The photo was taken outside of the National Library.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Last Coptic Class

I tried something new for me this Winter and taught a five week Coptic Bookbinding class. What is coptic binding you might ask? It is an ancient bookbinding technique that was developed in Egypt in the 4th century. The cover is sewn directly onto the signatures of the book and the spine is exposed. The thread becomes a design element in the binding.

Ten students came to class every week for 2 1/2 hours. I was impressed with how quickly they picked up this tricky bookbinding form. Everyone finished at least one book with one student completing six!

This one has covers made from wood veneer with an old book cover printed on the cover.

I like the complimentary bindings in this colorful paper.

All metallics! This dynamic duo took the class as a date night - great idea.

Great colors!

I like the design of the covers on these.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snowed In

It has been far too long since my last blog post. A lot of changes have happened since Crafty Bastards. Moonlight Bindery has taken a backseat to my new full time job as a rare book conservator. I love the new job and the amazing material I have the opportunity to work on every day.

While no longer my full-time job, I still have time to make items for the Etsy shop and even participate in a craft fair or two. I'm very excited to be participating in the upcoming Temporium pop-up shop in Mt. Pleasant where my Build Your Own Cover and Chalkboard journals will be showcased.