I am a Hollow Bookmaker Introvert (making a modest living crafting books from home and selling online), please AMA
Edit: Dec. 5, 9:51 a.m. CST USA. Have enjoyed answering questions before work. I plan to come back this afternoon and/or tonight to answer more. My goal is to get to every single question, even if yours has a string of children under lots of downvotes!
Greetings my fellow redditors!
I'm Kara, here's my proof And another proof ! :) I'm 44 and work from home handcrafting hollow books in lovely Stillwater, MN, USA. About 9 years ago I walked off my day job as a gallery guard at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and took up making books full time along with my husband.
In a nutshell:
- I graduated art school in '98 (studied painting and drawing)
- During college also took a fortuitous course in book arts
- Struggled with bipolar issues and past trauma issues throughout school and afterwards
- Liked painting kind of sort of? Unsure who I am? OK weird.
- Feared other people seeing my work (not good when trying to make money making art)
- Did odd jobs for 10 odd years (counting out drill bits, teaching basic papermaking, horrible stint at The Gap, horse-carriage driving, stuffing envelopes, selling luggage, a nice stint at Barnes & Noble...)
Fast-forward to my day job as gallery guard:
- Midnight walked off shift that was supposed to end at 11 p.m.
- Joyfully started full-time at home job as hollow bookmaker
Rewind to why I started making hollow books:
- I thought of making a hollow book when daydreaming about Anne Frank hiding while I was at the museum while automatically telling people not to touch the art
- I wanted to use my hands to make something (but feared anything that would show my emotions to the world)
Too long, didn't read: Just ask me anything and I'll just tell ya!
Thanks for reading a bit!
p.s. Since there's interest in your comments, here are the direct links to my hollow books online and IG: