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  1. Horizon: Online Catalog

    March 5, 2013 by Erin Fletcher


    After waiting patiently for months, the catalog for the Guild of Book Workers Traveling Exhibition: Horizon is now online!! I am so honored to be apart of this show, exhibiting with other binders and book artists whom I respect. Here are a few of my favorites from the show:

    1. I love the dyed goatskin and layered elements which include painted lizard on Coleen Curry’s Tamalpais Walking
    2. I am always amazed by the work of Mark Esser. His craftsmanship is always executed perfectly: William Anthony, Fine Binder
    3. Ever since I visited Karen Hanmer at her home bindery where she graciously allowed me to handle her work, this book has been one of my favorites: Horizons… Capri
    4. Horizon, Where Earth Meets Sky bound by Priscilla Spitler, whom I believe is one of the best at executing pictorial designs out of leather and other materials
    5. 42nd Parallel bound by Wendy Withrow is such an elegantly designed book on a theme we can all relate

    I also had the delight of being exhibited alongside three of my classmates from North Bennet Street School:
    1. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions bound by Erin Fletcher (that’s me)
    2. The Silmarillion bound by Heather Bain
    3. Dance of Death bound by Samuel Feinstein
    4. Hiroshima bound by Rebecca Koch

  2. My Hand: Sneak Peek on Paste Papers

    February 25, 2013 by Erin Fletcher


    This past week I’ve been mixing up paints and making paste papers to adorn journals and jotters for my upcoming shop launch on Etsy. The act of making paste papers is like finger paintings for adults, so needless to say it’s super fun. I love using Hahnemuhle Ingres for my paste papers because it absorbs the pigments and becomes wonderfully malleable during covering.


    After the initial pass of the base color, I then add the additional design elements. I love using simple tools to create the designs, such as brushes, scrap board and my fingers. For this series of paste papers, I also carved some handmade stamps into linoleum. This was a new technique for me, but I dove right in, choosing simple irregular half-moon shapes. 

    I’ll be launching my shop in mid-March, so stay tuned to see how these paste papers get transformed into journal covers. 


  • My name is Erin Fletcher, owner and bookbinder of Herringbone Bindery in Boston. Flash of the Hand is a space where I share my process and inspirations.
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