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What do you love?

Note that I said "what", not "whom" - This month, in honor of Valentine's Day, I want to talk about doing what I love, relationship love, and feeding the creative spirit as a form of self love.

I love books - whether creating, repairing, or reading.  I love being surrounded by creative people.  I am blessed to have found a group of women who enjoy creating and who are there to support one another.

I love the flexibility and responsibility of being an entrepreneur.  This world calls for learning new skills and practicing some activities that I would not previously have named as strengths. I love the freedom to play with my art - whether I am creating for myself, for a customer, or teaching students.  I love parking my car next to my friend, Betty

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I recently finished reading, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I was engaged throughout the book as she cajoled, argued, and humored me into accepting her premise that we are all creative people and we do what we do out of love and enjoyment of the process, not because of anticipated rewards. Herewith two excerpts to entice you:

"Your own reasons to create are reason enough. Merely by pursuing what you love you may inadvertently end up helping us plenty [contrasted with creating as a way of 'saving the world'].... Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions.  Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart."

"You might spend your whole life following your curiosity and have absolutely nothing to show for it at the end - except one thing.  You will have the satisfaction of knowing that you passed your entire existence in devotion to the noble human virtue of inquisitiveness. And that should be more than enough for anyone to say that they have lived a rich and splendid life."

On February 4, I am leading a workshop called "Folded Books for Loved Ones".  I am hoping to be surrounded by people who are curious and playful and want to explore a manner of creating that can then be shared with a special someone.

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I saw this carved storefront wall in Mt Dora, Florida and immediately fell in love!  Books and Scrabble!, who could ask for more?

I am currently working on a fun collaborative project.  Chris Paul of Old North State Press contacted me to work with him on creating a letterpress-printed and hand-bound copy of a couple's wedding vows.  The book will be a very special reminder of the promises they have made to one another.  I am hopeful that Chris and I will have occasion to work on additional future projects as well.

Another wedding related project has me creating a guest book for a couple getting married on Valentine's Day!  They have chosen to have the book bound after guests have opportunity to write their memories, good wishes, and blessings.  My hope is that the book will become a treasured keepsake to be reviewed each anniversary to remember the love of friends and family as they start this new chapter of their lives.

Another current project is completing an article on longstitch binding with particular emphasis on creating words in the binding as a way of personalizing a book.  I expect it to come out in print over the summer or fall.  Below on the left you will see the very first book I bound with the longstitch style - simple and no frills.  The book on the right is definitely more complex!

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Lastly, I love having the freedom to occasionally make books that are not intended to be fine art or necessarily exhibit my most complex skills.  Sometimes I simply want to use what's available and make books from the scraps that accumulate...

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Lastly, I love having the freedom to occasionally make books that are not intended to be fine art or necessarily exhibit my most complex skills.  Sometimes I simply want to use what's available and make books from the scraps that accumulate...

Anne Murray
Bookbinder and Papermaker

 

                   

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