Friday, May 25, 2012

A Tale Of A Miniature Book Maker

In the world of miniatures, is there anything 
more satisfying than achieving realism?

Pat Carlson's handmade miniature books are the real thing...made without the use of a press, printed in her studio on acid-free fine papers using high quality archival inks...
each page is individually cut by hand...all binding is hand-sewn...each book is treated with a special art fixative to ensure it will retain color and vibrancy beyond a life-time.  They are printed on both sides of the page. Most are hard-cover bound using traditional stitched bookbinding techniques, and most are readable; several include illustrations. 

Many of Pat's books are adapted reproductions of full-sized volumes that are very old, and a few are creations from her own imagination with original covers and hand-colored illustrations.  The majority are 1:12 scale (other sizes are also available), and are designed to be displayed  either open or closed.

In her own words, " I have been making miniature books since the early 1990's.  It all started when my husband bought me a dollhouse kit.  What a happy day! One of the rooms was a library and, well...I needed books!  I haven't been able to stop making them after all these's a passion and I'm constantly in search of new books to create.  I am proud and humbled to say that my work has been published in American Miniaturist and Dollshouse World magazines."

 Pat's miniature books are available on her website:  They are also available via her shops on Etsy, eBay, and CDHM.  

Topics include (but are not limited to) Art, Alphabet, Animals and Nature, Children's stories, Cookbooks, Fairy Tales, books in other languages, History, Journals and Diaries, One of A Kind, Poetry, Sports, Victorian and Witch/Wizard books.

(P.S.  I met Pat many  years ago through CDHM.  She is a very special lady who has a very special place in my heart.)


Dark Squirrel Victoria said...

I am humbled by anyone who makes books like this, it is a labor of love. I have long admired Pat's books.


Lori said...

Pat's books are incredible. My mini library includes them :)