I started making hand-bound books in the late 1990’s in my quest for the “perfect journal” that I was sure would inspire me to Think Deep Thoughts. Making books proved to be more fulfilling (and more realistic) than thinking deep thoughts, so I began to expand my repertoire to include a variety of formats, including journals, sketchbooks, travel journals, guest books and others. From there I taught myself to make boxes in several sizes and a couple of different styles. A wide variety of papers and formats make each item unique.
There’s always something new: New papers, new styles, new colors and textures, new venues. In 2011, I “wandered” into a new area of interest that I know will find its way into my work: Zentangle®. This form of meditative drawing is both calming and compelling, and I am eager to see where it takes me.
This web site will introduce you to my work. You’ll also find hints for making your own books and boxes, ideas for keeping a journal, links to world of the Zentangle art form, and news about the world of book arts.
Music is the voice of the soul, it can be said. The kind of music you listen to directly reflects you as a person. You might not be too passionate about music at all and only listen to some of the top tracks on the charts just to stay in touch with the times, but that too can tell another person a bit about you. Music is more than just a form of entertainment to some people, it is a form of art. There are many artful genre of music as well. There’s jazz, rock and heavy metal that’s played on guitars and drums and you find passionate lyrics about politics, love and sometimes existence itself. Fans of these genres of music are very passionate about what they listen to and even go as far as adopting it as a way of life. Then there’s people who like listening to classical music. Such people are usually romantics by default and have a very deep perception of things. Now that we’ve seen how passionate people can be about their choice in music, let’s move on to you. What kind of music do you like? Have you ever been to a concert and felt like you want to be on a stage of your own some day with a band and play a wicked guitar solo that drives the audience crazy? Or are you perhaps among the kind of people who like to observe rather than indulge? Either ways if you like music, then it could become a great hobby of yours!
If you’ve grown up listening to Iron Maiden and have seen all their live performances on YouTube or (if you’re very lucky) live, then why not pick up a guitar yourself and try your hand at becoming a guitarist? Of course, you’re not going to be able to learn a musical instrument overnight. It’s going to take you a lot of time and dedication and is an ongoing process, you’ll always be learning. In fact, even John Petrucci considers himself a learning individual even after having a huge fan base consisting mostly of aspiring guitarists. But then again, this is why playing music is such a great hobby, it’s always going to be there for you. You’ll practice for hours and gradually you’ll be able to play your favourite guitar riffs and solos, the accomplishment you will feel is going to be more rewarding than you can imagine. After some time, you’ll have learnt enough to be able to compose your own music, you can maybe join a band if you find musicians with similar interests and who knows, maybe your music will draw out a fan following for you in the long run, now wouldn’t that be something? Music is one of the best hobbies one can have if they’re passionate about it. Even if you’re okay with just listening to music and appreciating it rather than creating your own, you can find great pleasure in collecting your favourite albums and discographies. Listening to the CDs you’ve searched for and collected is far more gratifying than listening to music you’ve downloaded from the internet!
Every person has their own way of killing time. Our daily routines are such that we can easily get caught up in a repetitive cycle of scheduled events. The monotony of it can get to just about anyone. As human beings we need something to look forward to, a change of scenery is one way to counteract this monotony, however, there’s only so much you can do to get a change of scenery. You can go a trip every once in a while but that requires a lot of money in most cases and if you’re a working individual, going to a trip might not be for you more than twice a year. You need something else to distract you in this scenario. Here’s an idea, why not start a hobby of some kind?
Many people have different kinds of hobbies. A hobby can be anything that you like to do. You could collect something you like, you could watch a lot of movies or cartoons if that pleases you. Maybe you want to explore your talents in arts and music? That way you can have a hobby that also doubles as an impressive skill. Some people keep pets as a hobby while others like sitting back and reading books and building their own personal libraries. Again, your hobby needs to be something that fascinates you. You can even have multiple hobbies, there’s no rule against it. As the matter of fact you can tell a lot about a person by their hobbies and interests. For instance, if you meet someone who listens to the Avant-Garde side of music, you can certainly expect them to be passionate and insightful. Likewise, you can expect a person who has a lot of pet dogs to be a loving individual, so on so forth. People with hobbies tend to be interesting individuals and can really hold a great conversation too since they love to talk about their hobbies. Having a hobby is good for you psychologically as well. It give you some sort of a stimulus that keeps you calm and engaged in a way that you’re less likely to succumb to boredom. If you have a hobby, you already understand how that works and could go on for hours about it with people with similar interests. However, if you don’t have one yet, it’s beneficial for you if you find out what your hobby is and then actively indulge yourself with it. Think about the top ten things you like. What comes to mind? Music? If so, what kind of music do you like and what do you like about it? Perhaps you’d like to collect your favourite records? Maybe you’re a foodie. Do you like talking about food? If so, you could start a food blog or better yet why not ty your hand at culinary arts? Anything you like could become your hobby and keep you out of boredom’s reach as well as make you a more self-actualised human being!