Peta Bailey, StudioPetaBooks
Amherstview, ON
www.studiopetabooks.com

My hand bound blank journals and sketchbooks celebrate local plants and the beautiful places they grow. First I print flowers and leaves on paper, capturing their unique combinations of natural dyes and pigments using heat and pressure. Then I create one-of-a-kind book covers from the very best prints. Finally I bind the covers and inside pages together by hand with linen thread using Coptic stitch, which allows the finished book to lie flat when opened.

I love the seasonal cycles of creating my books. I print and dye during the summer and fall using local leaves, flowers and berries. The cold, grey days of winter lend themselves to the meditative process of paper folding and binding.

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