Little Paper Bird

“I’ve always liked books. The way the paper feels in my hands, the rustle or snap as the pages turn. I like the way a book can sit innocently on the shelf and yet open to reveal any number of surprises. The endless possibilities of books.”

Sarah Mitchell works at the Leeds College of Art and Design as a print room technician but she is also a very talented book artist. Her books and portfolio style boxes are beautifully made and can frequently be seen at the Annual artists book fair  at the University of Leeds. I love the way she describes her process of creating this bespoke product.

“I’ve always enjoyed making things; cutting up bits of paper, drawing, sticking, folding and sewing things together. And so my books are hand made, hand cut, hand folded, hand stitched and hand finished. This is important to me. I like to keep that contact with the object I’m making, it has to feel right. Tactile. I enjoy the process of folding the paper, sewing the signatures, and the fact that from this repetition, surprising new things can emerge”.

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