The Creative SPACE is the creative business of Laurie Bower. She’s bringing her beautiful handmade books to Design@HEART for the first time on 9th November.
I create individual handmade books, blank ones with beautiful covers and creative ones with my poems or quotes in. Books are touchable art, and I enjoy making stand-alone pieces, which are functional as beautiful notebooks, sketchbooks or journals. I embellish covers with machine and hand embroidery.
I use recycled paper and reuse packaging and my aim is to recycle completely once my current materials are used up, making my own ribbon and reusing paper from junk mail for the covers. Each book is hand sewn and finished.
A lifetime’s love of words, books, paper and making is now converted into a business. I also sell cards of my own designs. As an art student I was told I couldn’t draw, so I made instead (sewing, dressmaking, embroidery, jewellery, anything craft-based) and I bring these skills to my books.
I teach mindfulness and creativity workshops and incorporate a loving and attentive approach to everything I create.