If I had to share my favorite moment of 2014, it would be hard. So many things come to mind. First of all, I began to conceptualize and create the foundation for this business that I’m calling Dark Oak Bindery. Born out of a long-standing hobby and interest, its growing space in my life has been an adventure complete with fears, anxieties, and of course, some exhilarating highs. Attending my first craft fairs could be it, too. Greeting first potential customers and coming to the realization that any business is in essence, a collaboration between the person selling and anyone who might purchase. Hearing what you loved and what you really wanted from a book was as exciting as sharing my process and love for paper and design with every friendly face who stopped by. I came home with more energy from these encounters, and so many staggeringly great ideas, the biggest challenge in January and February will be which ones to work on first.
But, after all those things were wrapped up, and I felt as if I were well on my way into 2015, I got a very special job. This one was a custom project, whose initiator wanted a set of poems her father had written before he passed away bound into a book that could be given as a Christmas present. What I didn’t understand about Like Fiery Arrows as I laid out the pages, hand-lettered a title, designed the volume, and sewed it with a locking Coptic stitch was that I was fulfilling a 12-year dream to see these words published.
How humbling to witness tears of joy upon the reception of this gift, whose value goes beyond simple materials or time, but becomes a legacy and memorial to someone whose time on this earth was cut short.