this long weekend is the last one before fall begins. this summer our studio and home was more bearable with air conditioning. I was fussing about the cost, but in the end it was the best money we ever spent. I am looking forward to the next few months - I love the busy hum of the studio. I still can't believe all the products that come of our studio mainly made by the two of us. I struggle so much with the notion of going bigger - getting a lot of the work made by others - I think that I have to start thinking that way - I don't think I can sustain it this way for much longer. part of the reason I didn't go back to teaching was because the studio needed more of my time.
we have a new calendar and it's sure to not disappoint - I wanted to show you the new design here, but it's going to be in the next BAH issue.
I do want to show you my new pattern "rain" or as john refers to it as my stitches. this drawing was adapted from a drawing I showed you from my sketchbook. it's fun to reinvent your ideas. I hope you like these new pieces as much as I do.
enjoy your weekend friends! and see you next week. xxa


  1. I love 'rain'! You have such a gift for combining simplicity and elegance into one thing. Have a good Labour Day weekend.

  2. i agree with John, they look like stitching (which is perfect): if it were rain it should be going up & down, no?

  3. Oh, this new print is SO good! So much talent concentrated in one person! How is that possible????

  4. oh that rain bag is SO beautiful. makes me feel calm and peaceful and quiet. LOVE.

  5. I think this is my favourite print of yours! It looks great with the triangle print (another favourite of mine). I love how you have "framed" the print on the tote bag.

    Your beautiful hand is obvious in all your work. I can imagine it would be hard to relinquish some of the making process to others. But it sounds like a bit of help in the production would give you more time and space to create. It can be hard to find a balance, but I'm sure you will find a way.

  6. WOW, what a beautiful pattern! You always come up with such beautiful products! Love!

    Camila Faria

  7. LOVE the "RAIN"...
    Have a great weekend...
    Want to come play "Craft it Forward?"


  8. Oh yes, Arounna, I totally here you about the struggle to go bigger and what that involves.
    I must say that my experience of hiring summer interns from art school the past 2 summers has been really rewarding for me. It was a lot of training in the beginning, but they were both eager to learn and very hard workers. I kept their tasks on my work to the more mundane and 'no-brainer' parts of making, such as sieving, pouring slip, sponging, cutting and peeling- stuff that needs doing but not necessarily by me.
    My studio will be quiet again in fall so I can breath in my own space again for a few months, although with the holiday season coming up, I may be looking for someone again. Regardless it is kind of nice to have someone temporarily with no strings or expectations attached for long-term employment. I find the prospect of being responsible for someone's paycheck and livelihood too daunting at this stage in my little business.
    Love the new print- it's all so beautiful on linen! Love it!

  9. i love each and every print and bag you make
    halifax missed you:)

  10. Love the new pattern. Although I love to know that each of the pieces from Bookhou have the unique attention from you and john I think it might be a wise idea to get some help in order to have more time for yourselfs and for creation. :-)

  11. I like the "stitches" name too - beautiful print. Are these pieces for sale in your brick-and-mortar shop? I would love to drop by one of these days.

  12. hi katia
    sure we have some in the shop
    if you like - call first.


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