Katie Gonzalez :: linenlaid&felt
I'm a cardigan-wearing bookbinder living and working in Nashville, Tennessee with my husband and my dog.
At a glance:
Hometown: Lake Zurich, Illinois
College: University of Georgia
Husband: Tony, newspaper reporter and juggler
Pet: Riviera, snuggly brindle bullmastiff
Favorite Typefaces: Legacy, Garamond
Preferred Helvetica: Light Condensed
Artists: Chuck Close, Dale Chihuly, Lee Friendlander
Song: "Love You Madly," by Cake
Travel: Italy, Portland, Charleston, Minneapolis, Sante Fe, Seattle
I studied the art of bookmaking in Cortona, Italy during the summer of 2006. Visiting a medieval bindery, working with luxurious materials, and learning to make paper by hand instilled a sense of traditional techniques into my work. My handbound books channel these traditional techniques into bright, contemporary books that emphasize textures, colors, and patterns. Archival materials make these books — whether journals, photo albums, guest books, or sculptural expressions — into long-lasting works of art.
While attending the art school at the University of Georgia, I dabbled in ceramics, painting, printmaking, letterpress, and photography while earning my degree in graphic design. I was able to and continue to merge these disciplines into my book arts.
Designing everything for my July 2009 wedding -- including binding 200 invitation booklets and a letterpress-printed guest book -- accelerated my desire to open an Etsy shop and participate in local craft fairs.
I work in my home studio among my wheel-thrown ceramic mugs filled with binding tools, my sewing machine, and rolls of decorative papers sprouting from baskets and bins.
If you have questions, comments, suggestions, or if you would like to place a custom order, please feel free to contact me.
Email: linenlaidfelt [at] gmail [dot] com
Etsy Shop: linenlaidfelt.etsy.com
More ways to connect:
Graphic Design Portfolio
Fine Art Portfolio