Monday, October 8, 2012


I scanned some topo maps tonight. These maps are really special to me. They are from the 1992 edition of the AMC White Mountain guide and they have 20 years of wear and tear and good ol’ love on them. These maps belong to my Dad and we always use them whenever we go hiking in the White Mountains…which is a lot. I can’t help it when I look at these maps to feel emotional and nostalgic. I have been hiking and camping in the Whites since I was a kid. I really feel like I grew up in those Mountains.

There is a rich history waiting to be explored in a book format using these maps. My Dad loves those mountains and he has taught me to love those mountains. My relationship with myself, my relationship with my Dad, my relationship to my family’s history is all wound up in those mountains and in those maps. It’s crazy to think that I’m hiking on the same trails and mountains that my grandfather hiked on, and my father hiked on, and now I’ve been up and down those slopes and hopefully my children will too.

I can’t believe I’m already thinking about my final project for my bookbinding studio, but these thoughts have been living in my head for years and I really want to make something of them. Luckily I will have a large chunk of time to devote to a final project in my bookbinding studio and this is the project I know I have to do.

This post has been total word vomit, I know. But sometimes writing something out gives me a clearer idea of what I’m working with.

Tree Book

This Fall, I’m taking a bookbinding studio class. Bookbinding is a relatively simple process, but there are a lot of steps that need to be executed perfectly in order to have a functional, beautiful, successful book.

This book is the second rounded spine book I have done. I love nature and trees, and I wanted a book that conceptually reflected the essence of trees. I created by book with a vertical format to suggest the vertical nature of trees, and I constructed my book with materials the referenced trees, leaves, and bark. The text block is ten three leaf signatures sewn together over linen tape.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fall Alumni + Student Art Sale!

Hey guys!

I was at RISD's Fall Alumni + Student Art Sale yesterday. Getting ready for the sale was a ton of work, but the payoff was worth it. It turned out to be a really nice day day. My parents came down and helped me with sale, I enjoyed the mild weather, and I sold a bunch of prints!

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Experimenting with watercolor monotypes.

Boys and Girls

Girls and Boys
Letterpress Print on Bristol Board
15.57 x 7.5 inches
Edition of 10

The words are my own. I really love alliterations.