Bookmaker Kit Leffler

Carhartt DIY bookmaking
Carhartt DIY bookmaking
Carhartt DIY bookmaking
Carhartt DIY bookmaking

Carhartt DIY bookmaking
Carhartt DIY bookmaking
Carhartt DIY bookmaking
Carhartt DIY bookmaking
Carhartt DIY bookmaking
Carhartt DIY bookmaking

In the words of bookmaker Kit Leffler, there is a hidden narrative behind every object and image. A story is always longing to be told and shared. When you’re the writer, you get to control the tale and the mold the mind map set before the reader.  Through the work of your hands, you create something people will interact with and take with them. That intimate impression is unlike any other art form.

Kit has been refining this craft for years at Minnesota Center for Book Arts. They provide the perfect place for paper making, letterpress, and bookbinding. From beginners to old pros, everyone has something worthwhile to say through images or the written word. Why don’t you try your hand at storytelling? Use the chart above for a few ideas on how to get started.

Meet Kelly Pepper and Kelly McDermott of Habitat for Humanity

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Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Minneapolis Habitat for Humanity

Meet Kelly Pepper and Kelly McDermott. Both girls are originally from Texas, so we had common ground right at the start. Working in Minneapolis can be a bit chillier than what we’re used to, but that’s alright when you’re bundled up in the right clothes. Pictured above is the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Team. That’s where women from across the world help build homes for others in need. Pretty cool if you ask me. These two girls blew me away with how much they knew about construction. It’s all about working from the ground up. You might feel overwhelmed in the beginning, but it’s a learning process every day.
Kelly Pepper is a Construction Volunteer Facilitator and has lived all over the world. She stumbled across the job, and figured she’d give it a go since she’d never been to Minnesota. Kelly loves working with her hands, community development, and helping others, so the job has been a great fit. Kelly McDermott is a ABWK Volunteer Facilitator. It’s a lot of hard labor, tedious, and tiring tasks that add up to such great fulfillment to a huge need. Kelly mentioned that she hoped to merge the work experience she’s gained from construction with her degree in the arts into something that can inspire, empower, and support others. If you ask me, she’s doing it already. The team pours so much of their soul and time into these homes. The craftsmanship of construction is such a beautiful art form, especially when it is mixed with the goodness of a giving heart. See how you can get involved in a Women’s Build. Let’s strive to be a community of women that seek to strengthen one another instead of competing or pulling each other down.

Kelly Pepper’s outfit: Carhartt Women’s Quick Duck Woodward Jacket, Women’s Force Performance Quarter-Zip Shirt, Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Dungaree, & Acrylic Watch Hat / Kelly McDermott’s outfit: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Berkley VestWomen’s Force Performance Quarter-Zip ShirtWomen’s Series 1889 Slim Double Front Dungaree, & Women’s Quincy Hat 

Minneapolis Ceramic Artist Ginny

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny Sims Pottery

Ginny specializes in functional domestic pottery, essentially pieces meant for the home with a specific purpose. The idea that memories and home can stir up an interesting conversation for everyone drives her work. No matter what thoughts or recollections you bring into your home and kitchen, there is something about using items that are made by hand. It’s another connection, another conversation to be had. There is such a story to be told in a piece of handmade pottery. You can feel the grooves, the intent, and the beauty in such a way that inspires you. See more of Ginny’s work here.

check out this great throwing outfit: Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock-Neck Sherpa Lined Vest, Linwood Chambray Shirt, & Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree

Laura Brown of Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown

Twin Cities MCBA Laura Brown
In places like Twin Cities, where the winters are often filled with negative temperatures, it’s the perfect time to cozy up in the studio and create. That’s Laura Brown’s mentality. She’s been a part of the Artist Co-op at Minnesota Center for Book Arts since 2011. It’s a wonderland of printmaking and bookbinding. What drew Laura in was the community aspect of the craft. The machinery and equipment is large, expensive, and meant to be shared. In the photos above you can watch Laura’s process as she prints a calendar for the new year. How cool is that? Can you see how she sets the template and runs an inked up roller across it? You can purchase one of these handmade beauties here. There is so much personality in printmaking. It opens up a world of surprises and problem solving. The beautiful letters, rich inks, and the hand-touched nature of each impression (that’s what you call an individual print). Check out more of what Laura’s up to at laurabrownart.com

Laura’s winter workwear: Carhartt Women’s Annapolis Long-Sleeve Shirt, Slim Fit Nyona Jean, & Women’s Skokie Pull Over Sweater