These are the bookbinding highlights of my three day trip to Paris in April. Yes, I did the usual things and saw the sights you have to see when in Paris but I also had a chance to enjoy the bookbinding side of the city. First stop, The Louvre with their exhibit, open through June 11th, Livre/Louvre. An interesting and interactive look at how reading stimulates the mind.
Next stop, Musée de Cluny, the museum of Medieval Paris. The highlight of the museum are the Unicorn Tapestries. However, for a bookbinder, this hand painted fencing book is a work of art.
On the last day in the city my husband Eric and I visited Relma, the family-owned bookbinding supply company. They have a huge selection of papers, leathers and tools. I was thrilled to discover that they employ a Scottish manager, Alison (on the right), saving me the embarrassment of attempting to order supplies in French. Plus I lived in Scotland many years ago and have a special place in my heart for all things Scottish!
My favorite purchase is this double pass, hand marbled paper. It was marbled with one pattern, dried and then marbled on top of the first pattern with a second pattern. I can't wait to make extra special books with this paper.