Slow Books

Okay I am really excited about this project. I wanted to give away a copy of Keith Smith‘s Volume 1: Books Without Paste or Glue, and not in just a number drawing. I wanted to do something more, I don’t know, spectacular. Then Leslie Herger of Comfortable Shoes Studio gave me an idea (so if you don’t like it, you know who to bother). The contest is…

an essay contest! Yep, you write a little essay and post it on your blog or in the comments and you’ll be entered. The topic for this essay is S-L-O-W books. Slow books. It’s a post I’ve been thinking about since I first heard the term slow fabric (and then slow food) a year or more ago. The idea of slow books in a nutshell is that your materials are local if possible and you do as much of the process as you can, from making the paper to carving your own needles and spinning your own binding thread. How much of the process are you involved in? Where do your materials come from? What about chemical dyes and adhesives vs. natural? How important is the bookmaking process itself to you (as opposed to admiring the finished product most) and how would slow books help you enjoy that process more? Do you use recycled materials?

I want to hear your thoughts on what a slow book means to you, if you have ever made one, or any aspect of slow books that appeals to you. Or maybe you think it’s not necessary–or even possible–to make slow books. I think this is a topic that should be discussed more in the bookarts community. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and think about this topic and enter. We are all winners when you share your thoughts.

If you would be interested in starting up a regular slow books bloghop please leave a note in the comments. I think it would be great to connect with other books artists on this idea.

Details on the contest:

Word count: up to 2000, whatever you need to say it. But at least 250 please. Make sure you leave a link to your blog post in the comments.

Deadline: August 31, 2009 midnight CST

Winner will be announced September 7, 2009 here on my blog. If the winner doesn’t contact me in 7 days it will go to the next in line. If that doesn’t work out then I will draw randomly.

Jury Duty (you didn’t think I’d be the only one deciding this did you?): click pics to visit their sites. They are being so generous with their time to help me with this project.

Elissa Campbell of Blue Roof Designs

Alexia Petrakos, book binder (and winner of my last giveaway)


I follow them on Twitter and love their work and hope you’ll show them some love for helping with this contest.

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4 Responses to Slow Books

  1. sue b says:

    slow books… love the idea, count me in :)

  2. Marguerite says:

    Heh — if it were volume anything-but-one (which I have), I’d be joining in!

  3. buechertiger says:

    This was a challenging and nice competition. I finally made up my mind about slow books and posted here:
    I hope I am still in time and worthy in the eyes of the jury ;-)

  4. Ruby in Montreal says:

    What a superb idea for a contest! I love the idea of really getting down to the nitty gritty of the project by making even the binding thread or needle instead of buying. Making a book, in and of itself, is quite a project especially if also making the paper too. Going that extra mile to do as much as possible makes it a real labour of love – a book one wouldn’t part with lightly.

    I’ll be watching to see who wins the draw, so I can read the essay. I wonder if anyone will actually attempt the project? It would be a great idea for a Charlotte Mason homeschooler!

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