Back in 1997, my BFF Sally Felt suggested we attend a week-long workshop at the Split Rock summer camp in Duluth: “Cover to Cover” taught by (the now late) Shereen LaPlantz. We were both really into paper arts at the time, and a whole week making handmade books sounded like heaven.
It was not heaven.
Shereen worked us so freakin’ hard! In one short, intense week, we made dozens and dozens of books in a variety of forms and formats, each interior page painstakingly folded, each endpaper carefully glued, each bead of sweat earned a hundred times over in the blistering heat.
One of the books we made was tiny, so tiny that you nestled it inside a matchbook. It remains one of my favorites, and I thought I’d share it with you now.
The interior text reads:
Monday we sat on the shore of Lake Superior and skipped stones as the sun set. Here are some of the survivors.