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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Folding Leaves

Some books are destined to have a long shelf life and be cherished for many years, while others are not. In time, it seems that most books find themselves discarded.  They simply can't all be saved.

However, Gene Epstein, bookbinder, artist and jazz bassist found a way to repurpose many of those books before they get tossed into a dumpster.

I had the pleasure of being in a class recently, in which she demonstrated a basic folding technique that turned a book into a work of art.

My hands have always worked slowly and methodically, so I wasn't able to finish my sample book within the time allotted.  But, that gave me the opportunity to visit a coffee shop a few days later,  and resume folding.

It turns out that I was being watched.

With only a few leaves to go, two women quietly approached and asked to see what I was doing to the book.  I explained that it was being rescued from the trash and being recycled into this.....

They were amazed.... and delighted.