Mary Liz Riddle | Bookbinding / Papercraft
I work in harmony with the unique nature of the building blocks of the book — the boards, the leaves, the cords, all ancient terms of the bookbinders’ craft. The tools I use have not changed since those early times . . . a ruler and scribe, knife or board shear, bone folder, needle and awl, nipping press. At times it almost seems the paper, the Davey board, even the linen thread come alive under my gentle manipulations. It`s as if they too share my goals for this book- to- be.
I believe a book should above all enhance the contents. “‘How,” you ask, “can this be? Many of the books you make are blank books.” Ah, but to my mind, no book is a blank book; rather it is open to potential . . . waiting and inviting you, the new owner, to complete the process I have begun for you. It is asking you to listen to your desires and imagination, to fill the pages with your own visions and thoughts. I invite you to choose a book that calls to you and begin the journey.