This is really going back in time, all the way to November 2008, but I recently went to look this up and realised I had never got around to blogging about it.
It started with a message I received through my Etsy shop:
I absolutely adore these books!! I was wondering if you do commissioned work. I am looking for someone to produce about 12-15 books (identical) that contain 10 of my grandmother’s poems. They can be small in size- I am just not certain if you printed Shakespeare’s word on the pages of your books or used old books and recycled them. I read that you like to make new uses out of old treasures. Let me know if this sounds like something you would be interested in. I would just need her poems printed on the pages and then you could bind them. I can tell you do great work- your craftsmenship is impecable. I am from New Jersey, USA. Let me know what you think.
We discussed the commission by e-mail and it ended up being an order for thirty little books, all printed with her Grandmother’s poetry. The books were A7 in size. The covers were smooth 120gsm, and the pages (of which there were 16 per book) were 160gsm cartridge paper.
She was really pleased with them, and it’s still one of the most enjoyable commissions I’ve taken on.