Not a long time ago I went to the annual bookbinders’ summer meeting in Kuopio, where we visited the lyceum library and also got to browse some books from the collection of the Orthodox Church Museum RIISA. Other weekend activities included drinking whisky, eating lots, seeing the Kätköistä Löytyneet II miniature book exhibition, going to a classic car and swap meet, and arguing whether the somewhat ugly endpapers in one of the Orthodox manuscripts were marbled, painted or printed with blocks. In short, good times. Thanks everyone for the company!
The picture above, of me holding a book-finding, was taken by a fellow binder Tiina who thoroughly documented the event whereas I didn’t have a camera at all.
Forgotten Folk is a series of pocket-sized, coptic bound books which I make using recycled materials and discarded cabinet photography. The cabinet portraits in these books were salvaged from fleamarkets where they often end up in large stacks, anonymous and unwanted, when the valuable looking family albums are being sold separately. Preservationists need not worry - not all portraits get turned into little books; the nicest of them end up in my personal collection.