Stars and Stripes and New Things

July 3, 2013By ariniUncategorized No Comments

In recent years I’ve been slowly accumulating bookbinding equipment–largely due to the generosity of my friend and mentor, Bill Piper, of Sicyon Studio in Walla Walla, WA. In the last six months I’ve been buying more equipment–the heavy stuff, the big ones, purchases that terrify the nomad in me. These are things that cannot be … Read More

June 23, 2013By ariniUncategorized No Comments

New postcards and notecards are up in my etsy shop. Please take a look if you have a moment! They’ve been a real fun, light-hearted project this Spring. Purchase of these cards will support my creative work and 10% of profits will be given to Mercy Corps, a humanitarian organization in Portland, Oregon. Thank you … Read More

Puget Sound Book Artists Exhibit

June 14, 2013By ariniUncategorized 1 Comment

It was a real joy to have three of my recent books included in the Puget Sound Book Artists’ annual exhibit–up now in the Collins Library at University of Puget Sound. An even bigger thrill? Seeing the work of the other artists, including Diane Jacobs, whose books are part of what got me excited about … Read More

Wild for the Warm Spring

April 3, 2013By ariniUncategorized 2 Comments

Visit beautiful Ashland, Oregon for a long weekend! See some of my newest hand-embroidered books on exhibit at Illahe Gallery–opening this Friday! I’m really pleased to be included in this exhibit. Here is a small slideshow of the new book, which is a meditation on a poem written by my father. (This earlier post describes … Read More

Pleasures of Bible Repair

March 26, 2013By ariniUncategorized No Comments

Most of my updates have been about art-making activities so I thought I’d include one about the repair work I do. Bookbinders are often presented with family Bibles, cookbooks, and children’s books to repair. Many of these books break down in similar ways and so tend to require the same types of repairs, which can … Read More

Go by Wood

January 30, 2013By ariniNew Work 6 Comments

Current meditation on my father’s poem Go by wood. This is a coptic bound book covered in birch bark collected from Vermont woods. The pages are a mix of cotton or linen fabric with each word of the poem hand-stitched in script.  Threads from one page join it to the next. We are all connected. … Read More


December 12, 2012By ariniUncategorized 2 Comments

  This little postcard piece is getting packaged up and sent to England where it will be included in a show. I’ll write more about that later, but for now I’m so excited by the thought of doing a series of these in a larger format, and individually framed. If you look carefully behind the … Read More

Laa ilaha illallah

December 9, 2012By ariniUncategorized 3 Comments

  “Laa ilaha illallah” This book was made as a reflection on my mother and the role of faith in her life. She hand-wrote these words in Arabic and their English transliteration, which I then copied and embroidered 100 times. This Sufi chant, repeated aloud 100 times, is generally translated as, “there is no God … Read More

October 16, 2012By ariniBooks No Comments

Papercase binding of The Bone Folder. The hand-drawn pattern of the papercase is cut-away to reveal the hand-marbled paper below. Visible corners in green goatskin. Always glad when I can put my obsessive pattern drawings to use. The marbled paper is one that I made in Istanbul earlier this year. This was originally made for … Read More