I bought paper, carried it up a hill, past a beach and children playing on swings.
I tore the edges off this paper, and soaked it in tea for 24 hours.
I lay each piece out flat until it dried, then pressed it in my olde green press.
While it slept I found a piece of rustic leather which I buffed up with museum polish to deepen its colour. On one part I made an incision and prepared a piece of floral fabric to fill the hole. I applied an adhesive and placed the leather under two enormous photography books (my second press) overnight.
The following day, I selected my dark rust thread and stitched the book block - that being 16 signatures of tea stained paper - into the leather, to create this journal.
I added the finishing touches of eight rivets (which I most enjoyed hammering), handmade marbled paper, & long leather wrap tie.
After being photographed, measured, written about, published and fussed over in general,
It sits on the shelf,