Friday, August 12, 2011

"It's Only Words"

 "and words are all I have..."

another song from my youth with lines that have stayed with me all these years
 the rhythm of the lyrics, the haunting melody - it was the perfect writing song.

Writing is as important for me as any other craft I take on - perhaps more so if I really think about it


 and so it makes sense to me that bookbinding is something that brings me much happiness - I had forgotten how much I like making books

folding signatures
preparing covers
creating tapes

I've made many over the past decade but all but one were for gifts so today I gifted myself

upholstery grade burlap, with vintage lace for detail, both from my Gilded Girls Stash Society Box

the little wooden butterflies stamped with script were tied to small pieces of driftwood wrapped in lace, sent all the way from Dorthe in Denmark 

perfect imagery for words flying freely

all my favourite scraps of cardstock and papers, some vintage, some handmade 

all bound together, waiting to inspire

I was sad when I heard there is a likelihood that books as we know them will be a thing of the past, what with computers and Kindle and e-books and such 

and in one of the articles I read recently they made reference to how the scribes must have felt when the printing press was invented - I must admit I had never really thought of it quite like that

for every gain there is a loss, but then sometimes for every loss there is a gain

I wonder if that is the true circle of life?


Createology said...

Hi Jillayne: This book is just perfect for you and your love of writing. The sentiment involved in your selection of materials is wonderful. I think it is time for you to make something special just for you. So often we spend our time making for every one else that we have nothing for us. Happy writing my friend...

The White Bench said...

That is really beautiful, Jillayne. With all of those new techno things, I think we should preserve as much as we can of the 'precious past'. Enjoy your book!
Monica xo

Cheryl De Beer said...

What a lovely idea, Jillayne, that is so pretty. I don't think books will become 'extinct, there is nothing like a book as far as I am concerned and even though I love my Kindle so much, I never pass an opportunity to go into a book shop and will usually end up buying one!

Mary said...

Oh Dear, I hope books as we know them never dissappear...what a tragedy that would be...Your "book" is just gorgeous, certainly love your design!

Marj Talbot said...

The more they come the more beautifull they are. Very nice and glad you made it for yourself.
Thanks for sharing.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Such a beautiful book, Jillayne!

I made a few books years ago. My BFF's husband also loves dogs, so I made a book for him, incorporating photo images secured to handmade paper pages. My goddaughter/niece wrote a story when she was four and I made a book of her story. The cover was magnificent, if I do say so myself. lol I also made a presentation box for that book and I know she still has it (at 21 years old).

I still have supplies to make more books (of course, I do!) so perhaps I'll think about making another some day.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work.

Donna and Taggart

Laura said...

Well it's about time...

I love "for every loss there is a gain". I remember being in the hospital when Steve's Mum died and wondering how many babies would be born that day... I know it's a different context but it's true of so many things. Just beautiful...

MosaicMagpie said...

You are so right about new things replacing old. I use bottles quite often for my art work. Have you noticed how few things are packaged in glass bottles? The things that do come in bottles...the glass is clear for the most part. Oh, the old bottles with their soft blue colors or a rich amber a thing of the past.
Your journal is lovely and the fabrics chosen are perfect for you!

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Love your new book Jillayne - it´s so pretty and beautiful. Love the color combination. You have such a great eye for details.
Have a wonderful weekend.
xo Tina

Becca said...

Oh Jillayne, I just adore your books/ full of inspiration. I am so torn over the whole book/e-reader thing! I just got an iPad2 that I absolutely LOVE, and use for other things besides reading, but with some guilt I have also downloaded a couple of books and it's kind of fun. Yet, on the other hand I feel like I want to run to the book store and hoard all the books I can before they go away! LOL

Dorthe said...

Dear Jillayne- oh I think it is so sad if loosing the books- I would never read in the same comfortable way, on the computer, as I do in a real book or magazine-just the feeling of the wonderful paper in my hands- is something special!
Your own first journal, is a beauty, and on time you made something for yourself....I know there will be written good and beautiful thoughts inside.

Anonymous said...

Jillayne, it's beautiful. And I know a lot of people who feel the same way you do, myself included....if paper books disappear, we'll be very unhappy. I can't imagine a world without libraries and home book shelves filled with beautiful tomes. There's nothing like flipping through pages of the written word, art, crafts, home decor, etc. on a lazy afternoon with a glass of wine or a cup of tea as the rain falls outside...
I'll be one of the last to buy an electronic "book". No thank you.

Hugs, Diane

Suztats said...

Your book is beautiful and unique! I, too, agree that real books are treasures, which I hope will never be lost. I've not yet read an e-book, and hope I never have to--I opt for a paper copy every time. I like the weight of a book in my hands, the texture and smell of the paper, being snuggled up with a good book in my lap on a rainy day. bliss.

FredaB said...

Hi Jillayne

Good for you that you took the time to make a book for yourself. A beauty at that.

I have been going to the library since I was able to toddle and the library has always been my best friend. I am always amazed when I find out someone doesn't go to their library. When we have moved I always check out the library along with stores,medical, etc.

I can never see myself reading a kindle type book.



Michelle May (Shell) said...

It's gorgeous girlfriend. I know you are having so much fun making these books. Wish I was there to play too!
I agree, it will be sad when there are no more real books.
xx, shell

Maggie said...

Your work is such an inspiration for me.I hope books, journals, never go out of style. I love to give them as gifts as well as receiving them. Such lovely lace....did you get them while you were on holidays?? absolutely beautiful Jill as usual.Looking forward to the Demo's this fall.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Jillayne,

So glad that you have gifted yourself with the gorgeous book.
I never knew you could get upholstery grade burlap and will have to look out for some.
You really can't beat holding a book in your hand and feeling and smelling the paper, just does not seem to be the same as the kindle or E-reader.

Have a happy week

Bead and Needle said... take your heart away.

I loved that Bee Gees song, too! And, I love that you gifted yourself with this...beautiful, as always.

I love books too, and am saddened at the prospect of losing them to technology. I like the feel of the book in my hand, and the smell of the paper - the whole experience. I have a friend that recently bought a Kindle, and promptly took it back, as she missed that interaction, too...she hated it. Maybe there is hope for us yet! :-) Happy Thursday, Jillayne...Tanya