Hello there! My name is Erin Fletcher. I am a bookbinder living in Boston where I own and run Herringbone Bindery, a studio where I produce one-of-a-kind to edition bindings and boxes. Flash of the Hand is an extension of my portfolio website; a space where I can contain my inspirations while sharing them with you.
You’ll find a variety of different posts:
Binder of the Month
Bookbinding is one of the oldest trades that still thrives today and as someone who is apart of this small community I want to share my passion with you. Over the course of the year, I will interview a small selection of Binders, discussing their work as way of showcasing the depth of craftsmanship and creativity in this trade. Click on Interviews to find the entire list of binders who have already been interviewed.
Book Artist of the Month
Book Arts is a field that stretches our concept of the book form: narration without words, experimental layouts and compositions, exploratory use of materials, etc. In this feature, I interview Book Artists about their work as way of showcasing an expression of bookmaking on the opposite spectrum of bookbinding. Click on Interviews to find the entire list of book artists who have already been interviewed.
As a year long project, I hoped to peer into the daily lives of my friends and family (while sharing mine as well) over a month long cycle per collaborator. Each day a photo was sent at a random time capturing a brief moment of their day, the recipient then replied immediately with a photo capturing a moment of their day.
Each post showed a pair of photos depicting an activity engaged by myself and another individual at the same moment (with my photo on the left and my collaborator’s on the right).
Flash of the Hand is a corner of the net that collects artist who inspire me through their dedication to art and imagination. In these posts I will be promoting my own work, going more in-depth on my processes, techniques and inspirations.
For any trade or tradition to thrive from generation to generation, secrets and skills need to be shared and passed along. These tutorials will range from quick tidbits and tricks to completed binding projects.
Stay posted on all of my upcoming workshops. I mainly teach in Boston, Massachusetts at the North Bennet Street School, but you may find my name pop up at other venues around the country.