Ok… so technically I am supposed to be in D.C. today, but random things like a never ending flu (seriously Smitty, I didn’t flake!) got in the way. (BTW, if you get the flu that’s going around now…. I am soooo sorry… I was practically unconscious for like 3 days in row). In the Spirit of D.C., the inauguration, and Smitty I thought I’d post about a “novel discovery” he made down there at one of those artsy market things.
Catlin Phillips is the D.C. artist behind Rebound Designs. As you can see, she recycles damaged or discarded books into absolutely gorgeous bags! In her words:
Each Book Purse is made from an actual book cover, but bibliophiles should not fret-no first editions were harmed! All of the books are rescued from library discards, yard sales, thrift shops, grandmothers’ attics, and the occasional dumpster. Great care is taken to find books that are unwanted, obsolete, or damaged.
The entire cover becomes the frame for the purse, with the spine as the bottom, so the longer the book, the wider the purse. Every purse is fully lined with a complementary 100% cotton fabric, and the handles are hand beaded to match as well. Each purse also has a small pocket, perfect for a slim cell phone or wallet.
The Book Purses are entirely functional handbags, and every book cover has been reinforced for strength and durability. Due to the nature of old books, some have “love marks” from previous owners, but this only adds to the character and uniqueness of each purse. While the Book Purses are meant to be used, they should be treated with care, like you would treat any special old book you treasured.
Catlin is also happy to create a custom purse for you out of your library, or you can select from the thousands of titles waiting for a new home. A novel idea indeed! I included “The Presidency” purse for obvious reasons! Happy inauguration day!!