Over the last few weeks I've been developing ideas for my latest product: bookplates. The idea to create bookplates has been banging around in my head for years now, and the time has come to make them a reality.
For those unfamiliar with bookplates, they're an old-fashioned concept harking back to a bygone era when books were supremely precious, and small labels were adhered inside the covers of books to mark their ownership. If you're interested to learn more, the Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie website is a good place to start.
And so, after much trial and error in creating my own interpretation of the faithful ol' bookplate, I've finally created a few different types that I'm really excited to show you! I'll be producing these bookplate sets for an upcoming exhibition at Craft Queensland (now known as Artisan) throughout February, as well as for sale at the pending Hope Street Markets in Surry Hills, so those are your chances if you want to see them in person...! Following both those events, post-February, I'll be making the bookplates available for sale on Made It.
And so here they are:
^ These are some of the plates from the first set I completed. Using vintage labels on a self-adhesive base of good ol' brown paper, this was to be a colour-themed set as a gift for my boss (our corporate colour is orange...). An old tobacco tin makes a beautifully simple and appropriate container.
^ These plates were created from the pages of vintage storybooks.
^ As were these.
^ These plates use the pages of old atlases.
^ This set (not yet complete) uses sewing-pattern instructions as a base, overlaid with images from 1960s Dutch fashion-illustration ephemera.
^ And these are similar except the fashion imagery is photographic.
So these are my new little babies, with lots more bookplate ideas that I'm still yet to try out. With both the Craft Queensland exhibition and the Hope Street Markets to prepare stock for, it's looking like January is set to be a busy, busy month in the studio!
Happy New Year everyone! Here's to lots of lovely crafting in 2008 :)