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  • Meet the Artist - Inky Square calligrapher and bookbinder

    Meet the Artist - Inky Square calligrapher and bookbinder
    Here at The Gathered Room it is one of my greatest joys to see our products being used by artists and creatives. In this new blog series I will be introducing you to the talented people that love the things I make and encouraging you to go and check out their work.
    Book binding with bamboo silk twine from The Gathered Room
     
    Today I am asking you to delve into the beautiful world of Gaelle from Inky Square, I have followed her on Instagram (she has the most divine feed!) through a mutual friend for a while now, and could not have been happier when she chose to use some of bamboo silk twine for some of her work. I'll now hand over to Gaelle to tell you a little more about herself.
    Gaelle Jolly of Inky Square - interview for The Gathered Room
    Book binding with bamboo silk twine from The Gathered Room
     
    "I am a calligrapher and bookbinder based in Oxford. My professional background is in communications and historic conservation, but since discovering first calligraphy and then bookbinding I have been building up my business, Inky Square, in my spare time. I work in partnership with a glassblower in Sweden to create bespoke ‘messages in a bottle’, take calligraphy commissions, and am about to launch a range of hand-bound notebooks. The connecting thread in all my work is to find creative ways to use paper and ink to tell stories and capture memories.
     
    Message in a bottle calligraphy gift by Inky Square
     
    I had wanted to learn bookbinding for many years, after getting a taste of it as part of a letterpress course, but a combination of a busy life and fear of failure meant I never quite got round to booking myself on a course. Then two years ago my husband gave me a bookbinding kit for Christmas, and I never looked back. I have been teaching myself with the help of books by Rachel Hazell and the London Centre for Book Arts, and I’m excited to continue to learn new techniques. I particularly like working on exposed bindings, whether intricate stitches on a hardback or rustic twine on a cotton rag paper journal. It’s also the perfect match to calligraphy, with handwritten labels or decorated covers, and I’d love to explore making completely bespoke books for clients in future.
    Book binding by Inky Square
    I launched the #paperintheframe hashtag on Instagram this summer. I’m always looking for interesting ways to include paper items in photographs (photography is my other creative passion), and while Instagram is not lacking in calligraphy or book hashtags, there seemed to be something missing to celebrate paper in all its forms. I ran a first challenge in August, and regularly share my favourite posts in my stories."
     Inky Square calligrapher and bookbinder interview for The Gathered Room
    I can heartily recommend you following Inky Square and joining in with the hashtag if like me you're paper obsessed!
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