Category Archives: Asheville Arts Community

What’s hoppin’ at A. Fain Books’ Etsy Shop?

Here’s a quick look at some of what I’ve been working on here in the studio lately.  Most all of it is available from my etsy shop: www.afainbooks.etsy.com

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Books and Banjos

Here’s a look at what I do when I’m  not making books.  I’m the one playing the banjo uke.  Pearl Mueller is on the fiddle and Ellie Grace plays mandolin, guitar and dances too! (which you’ll get a taste of at the end of this video).  We also have a myspace page.

BookOpolis Video


This is a YouTube video of this year’s Book Opolis event at Asheville Bookworks by LeAnn Smith of Eaglesway Productions.  It’s a lovely visual snippet of what a sweet community event Book Opolis is.  For you fellow Asheville bookies out there, you are sure to catch a siting of yourself or your book.  Check it out!

Eaglesway Productions specializes in graphic/web design, photography and video.  At the moment LeAnn is totally psyched about doing short, promotional, YouTube videos for artists and small business people.  It’s a great way to get your work out there to a much larger audience.

ps. Here is the link just in case the video above doesn’t work on your computer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DGdFHDJxMg

Eco Books

Lark Books has recently come out with a new book called Eco Books: Inventive Projects from the Recycling Bin put together by Terry Taylor.  It’s totally great, simple as that.  Each project is by a different book artist, many of which are local to Western North Carolina (I happen to be one of them, but I prooooomise I’m not saying any of this because I’m biased in any way).  You’ll find projects made of everything from egg cartons to cassette tapes.

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Here are a few images of the book I made for Eco Books:

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I took two hand embroidered pieces I had found in a thrift store (I had to peel them away from the backing that held them in their tacky wooden frames) and hand-stitched with black thread around the bunches of lemons and oranges to make the images “pop” more.  Then I made  book board for my covers by laminating layers of recycled cereal boxes that I then encased with my altered, vintage fabrics.

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I decided to make the book a dos-a-dos (two books that share the same back cover) because I had two fabric pieces.  I used 100% recycled Classic Laid text paper, stained the edges with walnut dye I made myself and bound the book with multi-needle Coptic Binding.

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I made twine (with two contrasting colors so that it would look striped) to be wrapped around a vintage button each to create closures for the front and back of the book.

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Check it out at your local independent bookstore (that would be good ol’  Malaprops here in Asheville).

Book Opolis 2009

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It’s the time of year again for the largest, annual bookarts event in Western North Carolina;  BOOK OPOLIS. If you happen to find yourself in the Asheville area this weekend come on by and check it out.  To see a slide show of a Book Opolis past click here.

The Fifth Annual BookOpolis 2009
September 25 & 26, 2009

Exhibition Opening and Reception
Friday, September 25, 2009
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Demos and Exhibit Hours
Saturday, September 26, 2009
noon – 6:00 pm

NEW for 2009
Extended Exhibit Viewing Hours
1:00 – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday, September 25 through October 2

Detail of Embroidered Strawberry Detail of Bird Book Red Bird Album