Sunday, March 21, 2010

Repurposing materials for patchwork journals

I have finished another batch of journals made from repurposed and reclaimed materials. This time, the materials are the scraps and discards that I create when I make books. The catalyst for this project being the mountain of scrap leather on my floor last week.


So, the covers of these journals are made with small scraps of leather that have been matched and colour coordinated, adhered to a larger piece of leather, trimmed to fit a prepared textblock, then stitched.



The paper used for the pages has all come from the paper recycling bin beside my work table. That includes whatever I found in there, like papers from the computer printer, envelopes, sketchbook covers, paper leftover from other projects, etc. The result is an interesting mix of papers in each book, suitable for art journals or any writer who likes to get creative while journaling. Closures on these journals are made from either strips of leather found in the scrap pile and/or reclaimed buttons. I made eight of these books last week, and sadly, there has been no discernible difference in the size of Leatherscrap Mountain.



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14 comments:

lynda howells said...

beautiful! how waste becomes un-wasted! brillentxlynda

elizabeth rosemond said...

those are gorgeous rhonda!

tammykingdon said...

Tese sre absolutely gorgeous! Don't bemoan the size of your stash, just think how many more beauties like these you can make!

Gina said...

These are beautiful, Rhonda! It’s great you are able to recycle and create something so gorgeous at the same time! Maybe some of the remaining bits can become straps or closures for other books.

PocketSize said...

Very cool! I love journals with all different papers, they have such character before you even put a pen to them. And you've made such a fabulous use of your leather scraps. Love it!

Useful Books said...

Waste not and these want nothing! Amazing, Rhonda! You continually inspire.

Blue is my colour said...

Wow. Absolutely fabulous. Lesley

jessica said...

i love these!

Rhonda Miller said...

thanks for all the positive comments lynda, elizabeth, tammy, gina, pocketsize, usefulbooks, Blue, and jessica :-)

Cynnie said...

This is the most inspiring pile of anything that I have seen in a long long time....besides the piles in my own studion of course,,,,what you did with them is gorgeous....lovely work!

Deb said...

very cool!

Toughie said...

Hi :D I've been checking your blog (while wearing my awesome notebook pendant!). You do absolutely awesome work :D Just wanted to ask what kind of sewing machine you have? I'm in the market for a new one, and I'm trying round up some preferences.
Trudy

Rhonda Miller said...

thanks Cynnie and Deb!

and thanks Trudy! I just use a normal sewing machine which is about 20 years old, I think it's a Kenmore, nothing special about it, though!

Sorobai said...

Wow! You are amazing! Is there anything you can't recycle and turn beautiful!? Good job and thanks for sharing!