Welcome to Stockdell Manor Books, my line of handmade books. Although music has a major position in my life, I have been a lifelong artist working in photography, stained glass, and multimedia painting over the years. Additionally, books have held a special place in my heart and life since day one — I’ve always been a certified bookworm book junkie. My recently awakened obsession with crafting handmade books has been a natural progression in my art life.
One aspect of my bookwork is the creation of artisan books, often mini-sculptures, and sometimes including pop-up features. Definitely tour through my blog to see a selection of these books. I especially like one of my books which was inspired by my upcoming album… Beneath the Starry Moonlight (click link here). I made it for myself but someone actually wanted the book for a wedding present. I made a few changes and TADA—a special present for a couple getting married under a full moon.
For the blank books I make, I use artisan decorative papers, creative binding processes, and frequently include antique buttons from a special collection. Some are made with the secret Belgium binding technique… Some with a concertina effect using envelopes so you can stash your notes and collectibles away… Some have antique buttons. Some have… surprises! All include quality paper and distinctive artistry.
Each book is unique and should inspire creativity in the owner whether they are using the book for journaling, keeping a travelogue, or curating their own artwork. They make perfect bridal or wedding gifts or could be a special “note” book for your favorite musician.
I’m also obsessed with Zentangle and have begun using that technique. Follow this link for more info (click here).
Notes from Customers
“The books came today and I am blown away. The two that I saw in the pictures are amazing in person but the one you made for me is beyond words. It is absolutely perfect and the insert was a lovely surprise. I don’t even know how to thank you. Your work is just beautiful. Please know that I will treasure these books always.” MG June 2019
“The books arrived Friday afternoon and I have spent the last 48 hours turning them over and over in my hands and touching every page. I love them. The materials are beautiful and the handwork is truly amazing. I wanted so badly to keep them for myself but this morning I finally decided who should get each one..” EF May 2019
Generally, there are always a few books in inventory for sale right now and custom orders are always welcomed! Here are a few currently available. I have a large stock of books ready to go—just not photoed yet. Email me if you are interested in any of the books below or would like to place an order, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out my Instagram (click here) feed to see other recent works.
Here are pictures of a few books that already have loving homes.
Oh, and I could be just slightly obsessed with making matchboxes as well. Just slightly… One set I made had the cover a book we were reading in book club—inside there were favorite quotes from the book. I think these would make excellent bridesmaids gift or for other special occasions. We could customize the inside with a tiny book where the bride could write notes or do a photo spread… Just imagine!