I Am Not a Bookbinder

Here is my latest post from my other life, my other blog.

Maddy Tree Books

For the last several years I have been making handcrafted books for sale. But I am an imposter. Let me tell you my crafter story.

I was a Painting and Drawing major at Philadelphia College of Art in the late 70’s to early 80’s. I earned my BFA but I left college not confident, energized and inspired but confused, exhausted and dispirited. What would I do with a degree in fine art painting and drawing? I had no idea.

It took years to re-orient myself as an artist, to free myself from head games, and to find what art I would do.

I promptly married my high school/art school sweetheart and we soon began a family. Painting was entirely put aside, and time and space for art was back-burnered.

Back to PCA. Among the long hours of studio classes there were the required electives. One semester I chose a bookbinding…

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