Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Bit of Freelance


Because I am someone that likes, or maybe 'needs' is the correct word, to be busy, when things slow down between work, teaching, and the little business, I've been known to pick up a bit of freelance work. In addition to a couple of custom French linkstitch bindings, I've had the pleasure to also bind a few final projects for local art students. 
{all content, design, layout, etc. is solely the property of, and copyright belongs to, the artist listed in the caption of the image it explains. Binding work was that of the author of this blog, Nina Eve Zeininger.}

Japanese stab stitch binding for senior review of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) graduate Melissa Co.

Two French linkstitch journals made upon request for a client.

Spreads from a Japanese stab stitch binding for senior review of Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) graduate Jessica Metcalf.

Spine, cover, and spread from I Am Not A Statistic; project for Winter Review of California College of the Arts (CCA) student Francesca Truman.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Bookish Update


I know, I know, it's been a terribly long time since there has been anything new up on this blog. Apologies! Among other things, I was changing jobs, trying to get a promotion (which worked!), focusing on expanding my teaching, and just making lots and lots of things. I am now in the process of (slowly) editing the photos of many of those things I made and did and found so expect more frequent posts. This first one is just a quick collection of a few of the books that I made in the past year.   

Exposed-spine French linkstitch journal sewn on tapes with covers made from upcycled panels of an Angry Orchard 6-pack container. {Now on my website}

A few handmade journals for a client, wrapped up and ready to be delivered. 

 Three cased-in, flat backed, sewn on tapes, blank journals. Half bound with book cloth and patterned handmade paper. {Now on my website}

Exposed French linkstitch sewing in progress 

Exposed-spine French linkstitch journal with tipped on hard covers. Mock half bound with book cloth and marbled paper. 

Exposed-spine French linkstitch journal with tipped on hard covers wrapped in patterned handmade paper. {Now on my website} 

 
Exposed-spine French linkstitch journals with patterned card stock covers. 

 Perfect bound notepads from offcuts of larger projects. Decorated with giraffe embossing. 

Exposed-spine French linkstitch journal with patterned card stock covers.  

Exposed-spine French linkstitch journal with tipped on hard covers wrapped in patterned paper. {Now on my website} 

Exposed-spine French linkstitch journal with patterned card stock covers.  {Now on my website}

Materials for laminating upcycled 6-pack container packaging. 

Exposed-spine French linkstitch journal sewn on tapes with covers made from panels of an Angry Orchard 6-pack container. 


Friday, July 25, 2014

Flora Zine


I have always been drawn to plants and flowers. I am sure there are a million reasons why, from my childhood love of climbing trees to read books among the branches, to my high school education at an agricultural school. 
While wandering through the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers (yet again) I began scheming a new small photo book/zine idea incorporating quotes and writing about plants, flowers, and growing with my photographs. The idea has a long way to go but here I'm doing a bit of exploring.  

I like it better here where I can just sit quietly and smell the flowers. -Ferdinand the Bull



Bloom where you're planted. -Mary Engelbreit



We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. -Abraham Lincoln



Every flower must grow through dirt. -Laurie Jean Sennott



Normality is a paved road: it's comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it. -Vincent Van Gogh



A weed is but an unloved flower. -Ella Wheeler Wilcox



There are always flowers for those who want to see them. -Henri Matisse



Flowers and plants are silent presences; they nourish every sense except the ear. -May Sarton



To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow. -Audrey Hepburn



Sunday, April 20, 2014

Walking in the Woods


Lately I've been wanting to make artists' books instead of just blank books but, after so much technique practice, I'm finding myself rather stuck. The usual 'intimidating blank page' complex.

I'd like to make a book that makes the viewer reminisce about a hike or walk in the woods. To help get the creative juices flowing for this project, I went on my favorite hike in Mt. Tampalais-- the Steep Ravine to Dipsea to Old Mine trail loop. I think these photos just might be the start of something.