Have you ever had a dream that seemed far-fetched, only to have it come true in the most unexpected way? I became a part of this lucky sisterhood a few weeks ago. You see, my dream has always been to have my work featured in an art gallery and it is through my discovery of an amazing artist’s creative use of my small leather bound journals that has brought the unexpected realization of my dream.
The creative artist is Daniel Lai. And the vehicle for the realization of my dream is through Daniel’s use of my little leather bound books in his one-of-a kind book sculptures.
Daniel and his art are amazing. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Daniel moved to the United States in late December of 1999. Ever in pursuit of knowledge and beauty he is a life-long learner. His current exploration is engaging in the pursuit of a Ph.D. in Criminology. When he isn’t nose deep in a mighty academic tome, he is creating art out of these vessels of knowledge.
As a young child, bound with the endless creative energy of youth he would fold the pages of his textbooks into intricate sculptures. It is this elixir of youth, books, and worldly muses that were the impetus of his love of sculpting and you have a master book artist!
Creating book art to display on your walls
Daniel’s book sculptures are often adorned with a clay figure, keys and sometimes the small leather bound books. These are the small leather bound books that I create in my shop, The Nib and Quill. Many of Daniel’s works can be seen at Kenjio, his Etsy store.
He has been featured on T.V., and his work has been published in numerous books and magazines. Although his work is stunning online, you must see his work in person. Just to name a few places, his book sculptures can be found at The Bennet Gallery in Nashville, TN and The Haen Gallery in Asheville, NC.
Daniel’s next show is at the Piedmont Park Art Fest, Atlanta GA. August 15th and 16th.
For the last few months, I have been working with Evie Caprel, business consultant specializing in entrepreneurs. I have to say that I wasn’t sure that I was up for the challenge, to look as closely as I needed to at my small business, The Nib and Quill. Did I really want to dig into the ins and outs, the good and the bad? Was I ready for what I was going to find? Would I be strong enough to face the music to fix my business, in order to achieve the greatness that I knew I wanted and deserved?
I am thrilled to report that together, Evie and I have accomplished so much in this short time. And I have to say it has been easy. Well, not really. But Evie has this special way of listening to you, to really understand where and when you need to dig deep. She’s compassionate and has really helped me break through these invisible walls that I have created.
I have seen new growth in my business since Evie and I have joined forces. Although, I still have a bit of tough work ahead of me, I know that nothing is impossible now. Thanks to the help from Evie. So I encourage you, reach out to Evie on LinkedIn. It will be the best thing you do for yourself and your business.
I have a few quiet moments and would like to take the time to share. As many of you may know, I was recently selected to be one of six unique artisans to be featured in The Artisan Group’sTAGazine for the 2015 GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge. Needless to say, I was shocked and completely honored to have been one of the 6 chosen.
It really made me stop and think about my work and how inspired I truly am by what I do and how I want my books to inspire you, as well. My rustic guest books, journals, and special event books, just to name a few, are created to inspire others to document their history. I want people to be able to share and capture their precious memories, birth announcements, artwork, or their everyday childhood memories. And I painstakingly sew my books with care to ensure they will last a lifetime, creating heirloom quality as I sew.
Handmade journals with a vintage feel
Each journal page is hand torn to create a special vintage feel, which I am known for. Authentic skeleton keys are added to remind us all of the times gone by. I seriously get excited just thinking about my journals and what they really mean to me. My packaging and presentation is just as important to me as the book itself. I gift wrap every journal as if I am receiving it myself.
The attention to detail is not forgotten here! I include little vintage inspired goodies along with extra journal paper to test your pens. Often I use fountain pens and I personally like to have a test sheet, just in case. I really want my customers to have an enjoyable experience when they purchase from The Nib and Quill.
It brings me great joy knowing that I can pass along my books to my children. And I can only hope that my customers will feel the same way. So, whatever you decide to fill your Nib and Quill journals with, just know that they were created with love and care in mind. I know that it will show, from my craftsmanship to my packaging. Thanks for letting me share with you today!
We are pleased to announce The Nib and Quill, in association with The Artisan Group‚, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23.
at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of The 2014 PrimetimeEmmy Nominees and Presenters.
Our small Elegant Coptic Journals will be gifted to select members of the press and media at The Artisan Group’s exhibit. This event will be attended by nearly fifty media outlets.