Rags to Riches is designed especially to share handmade books, journals and paper art. The objects on this blog are made totally of recycled materials or discared paper, and cardboard. Please feel free to comment on any of my postings. I would love to hear from you.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Leather Bound Books

I have not post anything here since the exhibition. Not only I have been making too many books (bookburned) lately, but life is running away with me. I do have load of books that I have not posted here before so today I have chosen this set of leather bound books I made for the Papermaker of Victoria's exhibition last year. They are also in our exhibition at the moment too.

I found a large piece of hard leather from Reverse Art Truck that was perfect for the covers of these books.

I intended to cut up a large piece of leather and make a few books out of it, but the odd shape of the piece made it difficult. I didn't want to waste too much leather, so I decided to leave the exposed area uncovered and I inserted fancy paper as part of the signatures. After making the first book, the second and third were fun to make with different insert papers. I like hanging charms at the end of handmade cords as bookmarks.

You can see them better standing up. The stitching on the edges were hand stitched. I added a layer on top of the covers using leftover pieces of leather. I used every leftover bit of leather for these books. I enjoyed creating the set and feel very satisfied that I used a discarded piece of leather to create unique handmade books.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Exhibition Opening Speech Part 1

Finally I have managed to upload the Exhibition Opening Speech part 1 video. It was a much bigger video than part 2, so with DH's helps we found the way to reduce it to an acceptable size for uploading to the blog. Right, here we go the Exhibition Opening Speech Part 1 by Dr. Raphael Zimmerman just click play and with the sound on your PC turned on you should hear the speech.

Enjoy and thanks everyone for your support to make this exhibition successful.
I will post more of the exhibit photos in the following weeks.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Exhibition Opening Speech Part 2

Part 2 of the opening speech by Dr. Raphael Zimmerman. He concluded with a praise and toast to all the exhibitors and guests.

Lastly I would like to thank Dennis Kishere for his innovative thinking of taking this video of the speech. This has given me the opportunity to post a video for the first time on my blog. How much there is for me to learn about this blogging technology! I am enjoying it. It is the best way to share what I create with the world.