Milestone – 100 hand lettered book titles

mile·stone/ˈmīlˌstōn/noun: A stone set up beside a road to mark the distance in miles to a particular place. An action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.

This autumn I reached a personal milestone – the completion of my 100th hand lettered book.  And, when I include hand-lettered editions, the number rises to well over 200 books.  Like many artists, I work alone.   Solitude offers a space to think and the freedom to proceed at will.  Working solo also means keeping the books, cleaning the studio, and occasionally celebrating a milestone.

So, how does one celebrate personal milestones? For me, it will be a quiet celebration with little fanfare.  Mostly, I have looked back and acknowledged what I have created and am continuing to move forward.  Included in this blog is a description of my 100th title with images.

Dry Stone Walls, 2011, 84 pages, 8 x 11 inches (W x H) This book, a commission, was designed around the theme of dry stone walls, and in particular, the song lyrics of “These Dry Stone Walls” by Dave Goulder.  The book is composed in three parts including: a narrative on the geological history of England, Goulder’s song lyrics, and instructions on how to assemble a dry stone wall.  The additional text was researched and written by the artist.

The painting and lettering done in watercolor and gouache with brushes, metal pens, and quills on Katie MacGregor handmade paper.  Joelle Leavitt Webber of Mermaid Bindery bound the book in MacGregor paper and made the box.

This book is the artist’s 100th hand-lettered title. Stillwater, Maine © 2011

I wish you all a Happy Holiday and a Bright New Year, Nancy

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2 Responses to Milestone – 100 hand lettered book titles

  1. Nan,

    I was so intrigued when you told me you were working on this book. So wonderful to see some of it’s pages. Congraduations on this milestone. Wonderful book, blog, person.

    With love,

  2. velma says:

    finding this work to be quite wonderful. thank you for showing it unbound.

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