Katie Gonzalez's Profile

About

Hello! I’m Katie Gonzalez, and I create meaningful handmade books every day in Nashville, Tennessee.

I first studied the art of bookmaking in Cortona, Italy, during the summer of 2006. Since founding linenlaid&felt handmade books in 2010, I have turned my passion for books into a full-time profession. I design and bind books in my studio in East Nashville, including one-of-a-kind journals, photo albums, guest books, baby books, and artist’s books. I teach bookbinding and graphic design classes, sell my work in local shops and galleries, and frequently exhibit at regional art shows.

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LET'S KEEP IN TOUCH!

E-mail: linenlaidfelt [at] gmail [dot] com
Web: www.linenlaidfelt.com
Shop:…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 5
  • Joined January 10, 2010

Favorite materials

paper, thread, fabric, bookcloth, bookboard, recycled materials, found objects, ecofriendly materials, handmade papers, decorative papers, leather, suede, ribbon

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LinenLaidFelt
Handmade leather journals, photo albums,...

About

Hello! I’m Katie Gonzalez, and I create meaningful handmade books every day in Nashville, Tennessee.

I first studied the art of bookmaking in Cortona, Italy, during the summer of 2006. Since founding linenlaid&felt handmade books in 2010, I have turned my passion for books into a full-time profession. I design and bind books in my studio in East Nashville, including one-of-a-kind journals, photo albums, guest books, baby books, and artist’s books. I teach bookbinding and graphic design classes, sell my work in local shops and galleries, and frequently exhibit at regional art shows.

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LET'S KEEP IN TOUCH!

E-mail: linenlaidfelt [at] gmail [dot] com
Web: www.linenlaidfelt.com
Shop: linenlaidfelt.etsy.com

Follow: @linenlaidfelt
on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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LEARN MORE ABOUT LINENLAID&FELT

To learn more about me and my shop, click here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/LinenLaidFelt/about/

And be sure to visit the Inspiring Workspaces feature about my studio on the Etsy Blog: https://blog.etsy.com/en/inspiring-workspaces-linenlaidfelt

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What inspired the name linenlaid&felt?
I've always had an eye for detail, so when it comes to the world of books, the papers I use are a top consideration. Texture gives each paper its unique fingerprint. It's what sets two seemingly similar cream sheets apart. Paper has many textures, including the namesakes for my business: linen, laid, and felt. Linen paper is embossed so that it resembles linen cloth. Laid paper has a texture with impressed lines created by papermaking molds. Felt paper features a mottled texture resembling that of wool felt.

What can I do with a handmade book?
In a tech-savvy time, many people I meet at art shows ask this question with a sense of wonderment. My answer usually begins with journals, but extends to include other options. A handmade book can be a sketchbook, baby book, wedding guest book, photo album, scrapbook, gardening journal, travel journal, address book, birthday book, day planner, or artistic display. I share examples of ways I've used handmade books at linenlaidfelt.com/inspiration and on social media with the hashtag #myusedbook — and you can too!

Did you really make the entire book?
The answer is yes. I do not use any kits or prefabricated materials. Everything is done by hand. I cut, tear, fold, glue, and sew everything myself to create one-of-a-kind books.

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