My Life as a Bookbinder: Binding Connection, Knowledge and Authenticity

Tarlen Handayani

Abstract


I love to persuade people to write in a journal. In 2008, I received a cultural exchange program scholarship and took the opportunity to learn how to bind books in an Etsy class in Brooklyn, USA. After that, I decided to become a bookbinder. It wasn’t only because of my journaling habit; the decision also fit with my mission to support the literacy movement in Indonesia. This mission is embedded in Tobucil & Klabs, a literacy and hobby community space in Bandung, West Java, that I founded in 2001. The space allows me to spread ideas about literacy through writing and also to share my passion for making hand-bound journals. 


Keywords


Indonesia; Indonesian design; batik; Craft; bookbinding; graphic design; handmade

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5130/portal.v13i2.5023