Just in! Hand dyed blue silk + mouth blown glass accent + hand made paper= hand made journal by Christine Trexel.
Books have been an integral part of Christine Trexel’s life since early childhood. She grew up on a farm and spent many happy hours lost inside the pages of a book. She firmly believes a day without time set aside for reading is an incomplete day.
As an adult she began her journey in creating her own books, which led to boxes, and then to making paper while living in Oregon. She has been fortunate to have taken a wide variety of classes at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts, as well as, with international known artists in book binding and papermaking.
Just in! Hand made journals with hand embroidery by Christine Trexel.
Christine lived in Panama for years where she learned to harvest and process plants from her garden to make paper for the books and boxes she creates. The wealth of vegetation forested experimentations and a great love of learning.
“It is truly a magical experience to convert a growing thing into a beautiful piece of paper”.
Christine uses high quality materials in constructing her books and boxes believing that each individual piece deserves the best. The thought of someone writing on the blank pages pleases her. Perhaps her creation helps facilitate their creation; what kind of writings might there be—ideas, fancies, dreams, fears, hopes, despairs, comforts, musings, histories—anything could become part of it.
“People often say I couldn’t bring myself to write in it; but on the contrary; the book’s life would be unfulfilled without their contribution.”
Q: Where else in the world has Christine’s one-of-a-kind hand made books gone recently, you ask?
A: Christine had her piece “The Platonic Solids” selected for a book arts show at 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland where it sold to a NW collector. She also participated in a group show with staff and faculty of the Focus on Book Arts Conference at the Collins Gallery in the Portland Public Library. This show has moved to the gallery at Pacific University for the month of June. As one of the staff for the Focus on Book Arts Conference she organized the trade show and will be attending advanced book binding workshops with renowned instructors in the book arts field.
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Astoria artist Christine Trexel creates exquisite books, boxes and paper from plants in her garden.