Sunday, 22 February 2009

I'm looking for envelopes size A4 and with "windows", for making a notebook like in the pictures below.
I have a present for everyone who sends me envelopes A4 with windows.

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Saturday, 14 February 2009


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With the concept of organic design and nature as its example I made the covers of my notebook Nervation.

Nervation is a pattern of veins or nerves to give more strength to a surface, i.e. like in the tree leaves.

The covers are made with paper, stitches and fabric in between that gives also more resistance. The pages are hand sewn to the covers with a single line of stitches.

. It measures 14.5×10.5cm and has 60 pages of blank recycled paper.
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Friday, 13 February 2009


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Now I feel very happy with my Femme-inist notebook. Femme-inist and Crappy have something different from my other notebooks, they have printings on the covers and don't have stitching, elastic band or pocket in the inner back cover either.

Femme-inist notebook also has something else different than the others, it has colours and I tried to make it look more like a pocket book about feminism than a notebook. I hope you like it, especially the girls.

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The daybefore yesterday I uploaded my notebook Crappy in FLickr. It is called like this because I thought it was a bit overdone with the treatments I usually give to the papers. Even I was not sure about showing it in Flickr, but I did it anyway. I wanted to know the reaction of people to the pictures of Crappy. I've got very surprised with the result. Crappy got 6 good and very nice comments in a couple of hours (for me that is a lot in so short time) and a lot of visits. The next time I don't know what to think about some of my notebook, I will put it immediately in Flickr.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Kreativ Blogger Award

I'm proud to tell you that I've been awarded in the blogosphere. This has been by Tulibri. Thank you! The ones receiving the award are to write something about what inspires them to work with their notebooks.

I am inspired by:

1. Old books and objects from offices from the 30s like furniture, typewriters, etc.

2. The natural properties of materials.

3. The function that served the papers that I recycle - I try to put them in new contexts and give them new functions.

4. My own inner world aesthetically mixed with inspiration from the beginning of the 20th century, scientific and philosophical theories.

5. Conceptual art from the 60s and 70s from the U.S. and Germany.

6. Everything that attracts my attention while I'm walking outside - train stations, ports, factories, industrial areas.

I would like to pass this award on to:

1. Marre
2. Helen
3. Amanda
4. Rhonda
5. Celestefrittata
6. Catherine

Friday, 6 February 2009

Black Cover

"The search of the Perfect Little Black Notebook"

The reason why I made my first notebook at the end of 2007 was because I was looking for some black and very simple notebook for taking notes when I was studying Philosophy.

I couldn't find that notebook anywhere. I had already had a Moleskine, but I felt it was just the Chinese version of the original old Moleskine from Paris.

One day I thought to make a notebook for my self (picture above). I had no knowledge of how to make a notebook, especially how to sew the pages together. I spent two days trying to make one until I could find a simple and resistant way to make the sewing. Still I haven't learned any special technique of bookbinding, that is why I can say I've been looking (and still I am) for that kind of notebook I want, and at the same time, for the best way to make it, learning by myself with every single notebook I make.

Some days ago I found an interesting blog. It's called Black Cover: the Search of the Perfect Little Black Notebook and the author says:

"This blog is dedicated to the search for the perfect little black notebook. Yes, we're insane and obsessive. But for some reason, the Moleskine, which comes close, still feels lacking. And we can't believe there isn't ANY competition out there".

I'm glad to know that there is someone else looking for the perfect notebook he needs and cannot find. I hope I can never make that notebook I'm looking for because it would be the end my notebooks. I don't pretend to present my notebooks as an alternative to any other either, I just present every one of them as a result of my research and experimentation, and luckily I can say that it gives me satisfaction to see that each notebook I make, I make better than the one I made before and I have not yet repeated any design. I have no notebooks that are exactly the same.

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Marre's Blog

Tonight I want to add want more link in my list.

This is the blog of a friend from Estonia:Marretsy(english) and Vaatan(estonian).She makes very beautiful jewellery with an elegant and very femenine style.

I must tell that my first pair of earrings, "Pendulum", I made in Marre's place in Christmas time in a very nice evening listening Yann Tiersenn and playing with her black cat during the brakes. I went once, I made one earring and, at the next week I went back for making the second one. I've learnt that days what is that paste called "polymer clay" and also I started reading a book of sociology that she borrowed me and I haven't given back yet to her. So, these earrings,"Pendulum" and my begining with jewellery in Etsy is thanks to her.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009


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I've started experimenting with jewellery. It is my first pair of earring. As with my notebooks, I like to give them a bit of old style look and this is its story.

In these earrings I've added some kind of mechanical or industrial look that I made thinking in a mix between an old balance and a pendulum or in an old balance with pendulum.

It has a tiny black wheel that holds all the wire structure of the earring from its hole in the center. The earring has in the back a pendulum hanging from the wheel's axis. In the front part, it has a 1/3 of circle that I made thinking in the ruler of the balance that measures the wight, or some ruler that measures in grades the trajectory of the pendulum.

Up on the wheel, the structure has a little circle which is not supporting the earring, and it is crossed by the wire that is supporting from the center of the wheel all the structure. This part would be like the needle of the balance, and then a little chain attached to the hook.. That's it.

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