It's never to late to give a gift from Rag & Bone Bindery, one of my favorite sources for journals, albums and other paper goods based out of Pawtucket, Rhode Island. I love Rag & Bone because I've gotten to know the owner, Jason Thompson, over the years and he and his lovely wife have built up a wonderful business working with their team to create quality book. In addition to making books, Thompson is also the author them — his first, "Making
Journals By Hand" and the forthcoming, "Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book" is due to release
in April 2010. His passion is on fire!
I personally love how this company was born, "The first ever handbound book I can remember holding in my hands was
the book given to me by Ilira, my then girlfriend (And now wife!), for
my 23rd birthday. It's a book she made completely by hand with
materials and tools available at local art stores. She even marbleized
her own paper – how cool is that? I was impressed by the complexity and
simplicity of the book and I decided to venture to learn this 'lost
art' of bookbinding myself," Thompson says.
From start to finish, skilled artisans make photo albums, baby books, journals (I have several), guest books and other bound, archival books. In addition to their online shop, their books can be found at select retailers nationwide.
Do you journal at all? Or keep inspiration books? I do both, above you can see a peek into my recipe journal where I store inspiration for cooking using my Rag & Bone books with the gorgeous raw edges and raw silk covers…
(images: rag & bone bindery)