Using techniques of early book-binders, Iris makes one-of-a-kind blank books ideal for writing, sketching, photos, or guest comments. She covers book board with fine art papers from around the world or papers she paints by hand. The acid-free paper inside the books is bound by hand to the covers with durable, waxed linen thread. Iris usually uses a Coptic stitch (also called chain stitch) which allows the book to lie flat. The stitching is not covered, so Iris uses threads in a variety of colors and sometimes incorporates beads.
Now that Iris focuses most of her creative energy on creative nonfiction writing, she only occasionally makes handbound journals. She maintains her Blue Heron Studio for commissions and special projects. To learn more, contact her below.