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As a professional illustrator, designer and printmaker, NewSouthBooks arose as a natural extension for artisanship. Writing genre short stories and perhaps one day, the Great Southern Novel, may have played into the equation as well, but likely it's just the pure pleasure of making neat stuff. Creating these handmade journals came easily to me as a new and different vehicle for that very artisanship. And of course, there are all those wonderful materials to display craft. Everybody loves the tactile sensation and scent of leather. And the quality of papers with its diverse and extraordinary applications. The incorporation of original artwork seems to complete the demand. The inclusion of vintage findings or an occasional pressed & dried fleur savage, metal, glass and stone are pure lagniappe for me. The potential combinations exceed…

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Join me on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/NewSouthBooksTMG

As a professional illustrator, designer and printmaker, NewSouthBooks arose as a natural extension for artisanship. Writing genre short stories and perhaps one day, the Great Southern Novel, may have played into the equation as well, but likely it's just the pure pleasure of making neat stuff. Creating these handmade journals came easily to me as a new and different vehicle for that very artisanship. And of course, there are all those wonderful materials to display craft. Everybody loves the tactile sensation and scent of leather. And the quality of papers with its diverse and extraordinary applications. The incorporation of original artwork seems to complete the demand. The inclusion of vintage findings or an occasional pressed & dried fleur savage, metal, glass and stone are pure lagniappe for me. The potential combinations exceed my ability to calculate. So here they are, the first samplings of what I expect from myself, the satisfaction of quality, originality and function in true objets d'art.

A note to the reader: The materials used in each and every journal are or the highest quality available. I use imported printmaking and watercolor papers exclusively, no arts & crafts store materials in these journals. Unlike many journals with signatures stitched to the spine, one of the distinguishing features of my books is that they are truly hand bound using linen binding fabric then finished with European head bands. Any journal from NewSouthBooks could easily slip into the bookcase with all those first editions. In closing, the inclusion of original artwork, drawings on canvas, hand torn pieces from ltd edition serigraphs and watercolors, further lend in separating my journals. As a visual artist, this noblesse oblige is a driving force in making books.

My professional identity as sole proprietor of Studio of Visual Arts is well established. Please visit my website at www.studioofvisualarts.com, read the vita at your leisure. I have work in the pemanent collection of numerous state museums, have executed countless commissions and completed prestigious grant obligations as an illustrator. This new effort, this imaginative and creative undertaking of totally useful art is a comfortable and expected direction. My sincerest hope is that you will make one of these journals your own and fill the blank pages. Or provide it for someone else to do the same. Selfishly, I'd like to keep them all. Perhaps that novel would find seed in one.

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