Kate Bowles Books

“ Recycled hand-bound notebooks and journals”

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About Kate Bowles Books

Kate Bowles Books

Handbound notebooks and journals

I use recycled fabrics and papers and assorted vintage haberdashery ephemera, to create hand-bound notebooks and journals, with a particular emphasis on revealing the sewn bindings on the spine of the book.
My ideas/ inspiration are dictated by the discarded/found materials that I use. I have a love of vintage haberdashery items and papers … things that have little commercial value or status. My aim is to create functional books around them, giving them a new use, value and status. Most importantly, I create books that are to be filled by other people, so the creative process continues when they leave me (that, for me, is probably the best bit).
Exposing the stitching on the spine and making it loud and blousy is my nod to women of the binderies in the 1800s.