C is for Camping

November 12th, 2011


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with a friend of mine, Chris Apap, on publishing a limited edition book of his illustrations. Chris is a crazy talented illustrator and designer. He also loves the outdoors and loves being an uncle, both of which became inspiration for his camping-themed illustrated alphabet. Chris was so thoughtful about every detail from the color and weight of the paper to the professional printing to the texture of the cloth to the titling on the cover. The result is a sweet little book full of lovely illustrations, fresh colors, and sharp design. Check out his Etsy store, where he is selling the books and the individual illustrations, too. They would make great Christmas gifts for the little (or big) person in your life. He also makes great holiday cards.

A Family Affair

August 8th, 2011


Recently my mom (far right) approached me about putting together a short private art class for her, her best friend Cheryl, and Cheryl’s daughter Shana, who was going to be visiting for a few days. We decided to make it a collaborative workshop with me and artist, art educator, and my best friend Mary Lamson-Burke. The idea was for Mary to teach a printmaking component, while I would teach a bookmaking project and then we would join them together in some way. After several more complicated ideas, we settled on the idea of making lino prints that could be used to embellish the cover of a stab binding.

The class was a bit challenging at times (try teaching a hands-on project with an active 13-month-old on your lap!), but mostly a ton of fun. The highlight was seeing my mom go from feeling terrified to make any mark at all, to finishing a beautiful print and book in just a couple of hours. It was the first art project she has ever successfully completed in her life! It was also so inspiring to teach with such a talented teacher and artist as Mary. The creative ideas are stirring in both our minds for future collaborative workshops!


A special book for a special day

June 4th, 2011


There have been some really great projects coming through the bindery lately. One such project is a set of matching albums I recently finished for a couple of newlyweds from Chicago, Colby and Alaina McVey. They seem like such a creative and fun couple (she made her own invitations and after their wedding they jumped in the lake wearing their wedding attire). So when it came time to decide on wedding albums, they didn’t want to just go to the store and buy a readymade book.


Alaina approached me about designing and making something that would capture the spirit of their wedding. Every element, from the number of pages, the size of the albums, and the color of the pages and covers were chosen by the couple, creating a completely custom set of books. She sent me some of the extra invitations that she had so that I could use them for inspiration in creating the design of the albums. I created a mockup for her approval and after a couple rounds of tweaking, we agreed on the final design. In the end, I was able to incorporate a lot of the actual images and embellishments from the invitation into the covers design, adding a lovely harmony between the albums and the wedding.

The bindery is back in business…

December 1st, 2010

and with a new helper to boot!  The studio was closed over the summer while I spent time getting to know my beautiful daughter, Mira Simone.  She is amazing!


Now I am back at work making custom boxes, albums, and other goodies.  If you have a project that you would like to discuss with me, please send me an email.

And for those last minute Christmas gifts, don’t forget that I make a studio line as well.  You can check out the goods in person at the Rumsey Pop Up Christmas Shop in Grand Rapids or online in my Etsy shop.

Bindery closed for the summer

June 25th, 2010

Windy Weather bindery is currently closed for the summer while I take maternity leave with my daughter and get ready to move the bindery to a bigger, better space. See you in September!

Please note that etsy orders will continue to ship as usual. If you have a custom request, I am currently booking for November/December start times. Please get in touch in September as I am not checking email right now. Thanks!