an ideal gift idea...

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

Our daughter discovered several years ago that she loves photography; I love her photos. Jeff and I recently received a handmade accordion book with her photos taken from different places she’s been to the last couple of years. She purchased the book from a bookbinder at an art show this past Fall in Rhode Island. It is simple and stunning, by itself. But, when filled with pictures that allow us a peek into her world while she is away, it becomes a precious thing.

Bookbinding is such a cool art---an ancient and useful one. Here are a few art books I’ve recently discovered on Flickr.

1. Dirty Folder Book, 2. livro artesanal - caderno, 3. Rose Journal, 4. blue/gray suede gratitude journal



  1. Beautiful book and images.

    My favorite poetry teacher of all time, also the poet laureate of Washington State, lives on a tiny island with his wife where they run a small manual printing press. Their books are phenomenal. Little pieces of art to hold in your hands :)

  2. Wow, I love books but I don;t have all the patience to make the spectacular books above!! So FAB!

  3. What a special book! That sort of gift is the most precious kind of all. I'm sure it will be treasured for years!