Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Magical paper books

Yesterday, the Louis Bourgeois DVD was due at the library, but one of the “extras” showed a recent fabric book (2005, in the MOMA collection), almost soft as a pillow, that was made from the fabrics of her life: napkins w monograms, clothes, her handwork.

I love the idea of creating books and sometimes it is good to add some magic to the making for your grandchildren. Always there are newspapers at hand, but you can experiment with any sheet of paper, 8.5” x 10.5” . With a newspaper you can make the books bigger. Cut out some paper dolls at the same time for the grandchildren to dress w colors or scrap fabrics. I have enclosed some rough instructions.

Also, I would like to hand the grands a little fabric book for them to stitch on, or better still, make my own.


  1. Love this! Very clear. Also love the idea of the fabric book. Did you write this out and then scan? It came out so well. Having the pictures makes it very clear, better than just written directions.

  2. Yes, I sketched it out on a half-sheet of paper and then scanned. First I cut up newspaper and folded it to see what it would look like, and then did the letter size paper as well. I love the idea of LB's book of the fabrics from her past.

  3. Once again I'm learning from you. I've looked up Louise Bourgeois and read about her life & art. Now I'm going to try to make that paper book. Your instructions are very clear. Zac & Claire will love having their own books to illustrate. Thanks!