Natural Dyer and Book Master
Natalie Stopka has developed an elegant and experimental vision for her collection of hand-made books. Her book binding techniques are exceptional and pretty unconventional for an object that has so many forms…
Natalie has just finished her 4 month internship with us at TAC and proved to be an extraordinary person and collaborator. She currently spends her time binding, foraging and dyeing in the Upstate NY and as scholar at Center for Book Arts.
She plays with the colors, texture and meanings of books. As an artist I would say she has the work ethic of a scientist… and as a book maker, a perfectionist (in a very good way).
Solar Printed Linen Guest Book, Courtesy of Natalie As Is
We will be selling some of her journals at our Manhattan Store. The Journals are hand bound with unlined sketch weight pages pressed between hand stretched linen covers with silk headbands. All parts of these books have been dyed individually with responsibly foraged natural dyes from the surrounding forests near her home in the Catskill Mountains.
Dyed with Oak Bark
Dyed with Ivy
Dyed with Cherry Bark
Dyed with Apple Bark
Each is entirely unique and beautiful, perfect for fleeting thoughts or drawings. These books are so beautiful- my words aren’t even worthy of these pages!
She has a lovely blog where she reveals her findings and bindings: old textiles, experiments with color, finished books and thoughts.
You can come to our store and look at her books first hand or check out our online store!