'A kitchen journal' hand crafted and usable memory book
A hand crafted and usable memory book and Journal.
Created by me Jessie in person over a period of days, weeks and months, here in my East London studio.
Made within the body of a pre-loved hardback book my
'Journals & Memory Books' become both beautiful and functional
objects within themselves.
My hand crafted books vary in size, some are designed for travel journals, while others are big enough for Scrap Books.
And then the rather precious and elaborate ones, which are perfect for a Wedding day Guest Book or Photo Album.
Each book is constructed by me sympathetically re-purposing an original and pre-loved hard back book. I create usable pages through out each book, so that they can be filled over time with your personal story, drawings, words, photos and other significant keepsakes.
Each book contains a scattered assortment of paper envelopes which are attached through out each book. Enjoy filling these envelopes that vary in size with your own memorabilia over time.
Found and pre-loved fabric is as important as paper to me when constructing my altered books. Each book therefore will have a small amount of fabric incorporated in to the overall design. This may be a hand stitched sash, a decorative bow or a hand embroidered title. Fabric page markers and tabs are often hand stitched directly in to the pages using my needle and thread to secure in place.
These hand made books that I have continued to make since a young age celebrate my unique approach and passion for combining found paper ephemera, vintage fabric, scraps of words, and images to create a one off usable art work.
I continue to design and make my Altered Journals and Memory books for you to enjoy filing with your own treasures, memories, drawings and significant events. Please enjoy this process, and enjoy getting creative with the pages, by drawing, writing, gluing and even stitching directly in and on to each one.
I like to think that I have started a journey for you to continue through out the pages ahead. I hope that over time you will cherish making your chosen Journal or Memory book yours by adding your personal story.
All in the datail:
Imperfections and irregularities within the fabric, papers and actual hard back book that this usable book is constructed from, are celebrated in the overall design of this one off usable art work.
To avoid damage and fading to this book, especially the hand printed elements please keep out of direct sunlight and strong electrical light for long periods of time.
This book measures: 20cm-14cm