Here are four of my favourite Silverleaf bookmarks:
Wow, these solid silver artisan bookmarks are stunning! Check out the Silverleaf website to view all available bookmarks and to find out how and where they are made. Expensive but gorgeous! Even the way they are packaged is classy.
Here are four of my favourite Silverleaf bookmarks:
I have been rendered utterly speechless by this amazing website, Bookmarks: Infiltrating the Library System, from the University of the West of England, Bristol, which I chanced upon recently! While exploring the website, my mouth has been permanently agape at the wonder and joy of it - the project and its results!
Wow, Wow, Wow!!! There is so much to explore! So many stunning bookmarks! So much talent and creativity! Do yourself a favour and explore this wondrous website and all its bookmarks!
Here is an explanation of the project from the website....
"This annual series grew out of an aim to encourage appreciation and awareness of artists working in the book format. Participating artists each produce an edition of 100 signed and numbered bookmarks which are divided into 100 sets; one full set being sent to each of the contributing artists and the rest divided and sent in distribution boxes to participating host venues around the world, for visitors to enjoy. Over the last fourteen years, the Bookmarks series of free artwork distribution has visited 148 galleries, bookstores, workshops, centres, schools, museums and libraries in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA
544 artists have contributed 54,700 bookmarks to the fourteen projects to date. Each bookmark is stamped with the current project’s website address, which directs the taker of the bookmark to the gallery section of the website. Visitors can view works by the artists and contact contributors via their website and email links on our site".
Here is my favourite story from one of the bookmark artists, together with her poetry bookmark.....
"I knew a woman, once, who collected bookmarks. I remember sitting next to her on a flowered sofa while she showed me her albums, full of them, full of them, years and years of gifts and gathering; leather and gilt ones, beribboned and tasselled, ones with pressed flowers, plain and printed ones. Bookmarks from all over, all around the world. And yet I don't remember her reading, for all the bookmarks.
If I use a bookmark, it is usually a feather or a torn scrap of paper, but I often just close the book, assuming I will find my place (and only occasionally, shamefully, leaving the book face down). But one of my favourite things is to have a library book or a second-hand book, and to come all unsuspecting across other people's bookmarks, the traces they leave of themselves. As though in marking their place in the book, they make their own mark upon the page, upon the story and upon the next reader. Did they buy the items on that shopping list, the bread and the light-bulbs and the birthday card? And the bus ticket, where did they go and did they come back again? Who tenderly pressed these flowers or unwittingly trapped a spider? What remains in a book becomes another layer of meaning, a story within the story. What marks the book and what marks the book: the sweet wrappers and seaside postcards and folded till receipts and fringed slips of leather, the scribblings and spilt drinks and smears of old blood and tears and tears and foxing of paper and folding of corners.
I like the physical presence of bookmarks, their smallness and modesty, and the way they quietly yet definitely make a pause, their gentle insistence. I like the way that they can be both a particular thing, a proper thing to be bought as such, and used, and collected, and at the same time just any old thing that happens to fit the purpose.
And bookmarks also are of that class of things that dwindles now, becoming less than their pleasing slightness as to be no longer so useful, so necessary. Though virtually the concept remains, bookmarks are, as real objects, utterly useless and irrelevant to those who favour kindles or other such reading devices. (So, then, these bookmarks were not made for you. So, then, you can go away, and click a button or whatever other dull method by which you mark your place.)
Bookmarks are real, physical, tangible things made for real, physical, tangible and lovely books. They are things to be held, laid down and taken up, used and made worn, lost and found. Small things, slight and slender things, general and particular; what is carefully chosen, what comes to hand. They drift out from an opened book and flutter to the floor, they stay caught in the gutters, they stain the pages with sap and secrets; they can be kept in albums and looked at together in quiet moments and on grey days, when the wind whispers and whispers." - Elizabeth Willow
The White House Historical Association has produced an interesting series of bookmarks, including these ones of some of the US Presidents and a First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt. Must say I like Eleanor the best - the person and the bookmark!
Really like these feather bookmarks by Momoko. 30 unique watercolour bookmarks in a box! Available on etsy.
Oh, guess what?
After posting this, I decided I liked these bookmarks so much I just had to get a set!
I ordered the last set available from the etsy store! Hopefully they will come back into stock!
They have arrived and they are gorgeous!
Love this concept created by Igor “Rogix” Udushlivy, a graphic designer and illustrator, which I discovered today on his icoeye website. The new concept, created by him uses dust jackets and bookmarks together to create a unique image of a book.
All the best with making your concept a widespread reality Igor.
Art Deco design is one of my passions, including paper collectables such as bookmarks! I recently borrowed a really great book from the library, "Euro Deco" by Steven Heller and Louise Fili, Thames & Hudson, London (2004) and was very excited to find that it had two pages (p.118 & p. 323) of bookmark reproductions in it; a series of fabulous advertising bookmarks. Here they are for your viewing pleasure! I particularly like the Spanish bookmark series and specifically the "Maderas de Oriente" one. Superb!
Inspired by classic literature such as Moby Dick and 1984, Turkish designer and illustrator Ethem Onur Bilgic created this range of gorgeous bookmarks. The impressive designs highlight important characters and the general feel of the book as a whole.
You can see more photos of these great bookmarks on the Ethem Onur Bilgic website.
VATICAN BOOKMARKS FROM THE VATICAN LIBRARY COLLECTION
While "the Vatican Library is accessible only to scholars as part of an effort to help preserve these rare treasures",
everyone it seems can buy the bookmarks!
Each Vatican bookmark and money clip comes in a beautiful gift box with the Vatican Library seal imprinted in gold, and a Vatican Library Collection information card. FREE Catholic gifts from Italy and St. Peter postcards included with your Vatican bookmark. Hand-made with the highest quality materials and workmanship. 24k gold-plated, silver, and Swarovski crystals.
As a librarian who has received many dog-eared and otherwise damaged books back from borrowers over the years, I really LOVE these bookmarks created and produced by the Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame.
As they say on their website... "This set of four bookmarks serves as a playful reminder of the importance and value of our library collections. The messages speak to Notre Dame's strong sense of tradition, with the aim of deepening our collective respect of, and care for, our library collections. The bookmarks are available at service points throughout the libraries; please take a moment to seek one out and enjoy using it to gently mark your spot!"
Debrah Gai Lewis lives in Lillian Rock, New South Wales, Australia and is a bookmark collector, yoga teacher and SoulCollage® Facilitator (among other things).
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In this blog I highlight new additions to my bookmark collection, feature stories about some of my favourite bookmarks (mine and other people's), and share interesting snippets I find on bookmarks and related topics. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy!
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