Michael Holstein's Profile
I make my "slow books" by hand, one by one, using fine papers, often Japanese and Italian papers when I can. I like to use marbled papers from a variety of faraway places, and even when I'm lucky, papers that paper makers have made for me. One of my paper suppliers told me that the handmade papers I include in my books will not be available in another 10 or 15 years—the younger generation is not taking up the craft: it’s too hard, too demanding. She said my books will help preserve the paper makers’ art.
I have exhibited in galleries and university libraries, and my books have been purchased by university special collections and by book collectors as well as people looking to own or give hand-made books. Every one of my books is slightly different, even for the same title, because I choose different cover material, different stock for the text block, or I’ll use different colors on pages, different…
- Born on April 22
- Joined September 29, 2010
a guillotine paper cutter, several small knives, binders needle and thread, a paper hole poker for stab bindings, a book press that my neighbor built for me in exchange for my binding two of his illustrated autobiographies in original covers, the sharp little scissors on my army knife, a multicolored lead pencil that I bought abroad, handmade papers, marbled papers, local handicrafts when I travel that I can embed into my travel poetry book covers, archival glue and doublesided archival tape