Ever wonder what goes into making a book or journal? Me neither, until I met sweet-as-honey Sara Brooks. We sat down for coffee and she was able to enthusiastically sell me on the wonders of book binding. The process is not for the faint-of-heart; once the paper is found, she cuts, folds, and rounds each piece and hand sews it into the beautifully hand-crafted cover made from second-hand fabric, which undergoes the same process. Oh Sara, you amaze us!
Sara makes handcrafted books and specializes in journals, sketchbooks, and wedding guest books. As a self-taught bookbinder, she started making these gems on a full-time basis when she moved to Asheville in 2011. Sara primarily uses vintage fabrics and rare papers found in thrift stores. “The challenge of taking a fabric or interesting paper and seeing the potential of a book is the most exciting part,” says Sara, “It gives me great satisfaction knowing I am reusing and recycling materials and making something new from something old.” She makes beautiful books and cares about the planet- what’s not to love? She really enjoys doing custom work too, so get your orders in at firstname.lastname@example.org.