For the last few weeks I've been working on a large bookbinding commission. I was asked by the Women's Center at Lakeland Community College to make this year's Women of Achievement Awards. The award recognizes women that have made a difference in the lives of other women, and each year the award is created by a local female artist. This year that was me!
I made 11 art books, one for each of the 10 recipients, and one for the Women's Center to display. Each book has 3 signatures with a variety of decorative papers, handmade paper, and Mohawk superfine text weight paper.
To make each book individual and special for the award recipient, I selected passages from the nomination letters to incorporate in the book. I also included in each book the definition of the word achievement.
As an added decorative element, I drew motifs from the decorative papers on some of the blank pages. This helped to tie the whole book together and make it more of a keepsake item.
I was honored to be able to do this project for the Women's Center and participate in the awards ceremony on March 24th. I had a chance to meet many of the award recipients and see my artwork on the program for the event.