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I've been trying to figure out what to do with my hands for as long as I can remember. I've always felt a need to use my hands to make something of which I can be proud. I have tried (and abandoned) so many crafts over the years. But had never found a way to express whatever it is in me that needed expressing.

I cannot remember a time in my life without books. The importance of books in my life is paramount. I love reading them, reading about them, browsing them, collecting them, smelling them, holding them, writing in the margins of them. I need them around me. I am at home in the library, anywhere in the world, even if I don't speak the language.

At some wonderfully serendipitous moment, a couple of years ago, these two lifelong needs mingled. And I bound a book. And it was love! At first I did classic fine bookbinding; hardcovers, using classic…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 24
  • Joined November 7, 2007

Favorite materials

paper, reclaimed books, found objects, wood, leather, lotka, chiri, unryu, papyrus, oguru, waxed Irish linen thread

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I've been trying to figure out what to do with my hands for as long as I can remember. I've always felt a need to use my hands to make something of which I can be proud. I have tried (and abandoned) so many crafts over the years. But had never found a way to express whatever it is in me that needed expressing.

I cannot remember a time in my life without books. The importance of books in my life is paramount. I love reading them, reading about them, browsing them, collecting them, smelling them, holding them, writing in the margins of them. I need them around me. I am at home in the library, anywhere in the world, even if I don't speak the language.

At some wonderfully serendipitous moment, a couple of years ago, these two lifelong needs mingled. And I bound a book. And it was love! At first I did classic fine bookbinding; hardcovers, using classic marbles and leather and bookcloth. But soon I became so enamored of the actual binding process, the sewing, that I changed my focus, and consequently the focus of those looking at my books, to the actual exposed spine. And for now, that is where my passion lies, in exposed spine bookbinding.

And now I cannot imagine my life without bookbinding, and I don't want to.

http://whitneysorrow.com/

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