Sunday, June 17, 2012

Those Great Little Books

In today’s world, books and paper are easy and cheap to mass-produce. It’s much more efficient than when it was all done by hand...but in that efficiency, we have lost something. A mechanically produced book, made with mechanically produced paper may look nice and be lovely to read, but it contains nothing of the person who made it. When an artist creates, their creation acquires just a little of their essence, their spirit, their soul. So it is when we hand-pull a sheet of paper, when we design and hand-bind a book. Each sheet of paper, each book, has just a little of us in it, and that sharing of ourselves enriches us as well as the recipient.