I started making handbags out of books (as you do) in 2013 and have been amazed and delighted by the way they've captured people's imaginations - and now have items in 38 countries, which feels just a-mazing.
The books are usually secondhand and definitely not precious. The fabric is mostly from Buckingham's 'The Nimble Thimble' where they no longer see matching fabric to books as a novelty (novel-ty! Ha!)
I began painting book-flavoured mugs in the March 2020 lockdown. The mugs come from Lucy at Tiny Ceramics who lives a few doors down the road - she glazes and fires them - does the finishing magic. I've taken pen to paper and illustrated a set of book-themed postcards and fabric for tote bags and make-up bags. Busy fingers!