Dear Everyone ~
People occasionally ask how long I've been bookbinding.
Formally, 2019 will be my thirtieth (XXX!) year of bookbinding professionally.
Less formally, however, I made my first books about 45 years ago,
when my family took a trip to England.
My father owned a printing business, whose huge scrap bin was my preferred playground.
I could actually climb in and hunt for assorted awesome scraps.
I took these home and arranged (and re-arranged) them in my paper closet.
As you can see, I wasn't yet clear on the spelling of stationery.
But I was totally on board with its uses.
I was also already an ardent embellisher and collector of ephemera,
which inspired me to create a pocket in my "Tour To Englang and London."
This trip marked the beginning of my collecting postcards ... and hotel stationery!
I'd like to thank you all for your appreciation of my work & of the shop's esthetic.
I wish you a Happy & Healthy New Year.
May it be Very Epistolary!
With memory-making resolve, Bari