By Shanna Leino
Harrisville, New Hampshire: Shanna Leino. One-of-a-kind.
2 x 2.5 x 1.5"; 14 pages. Cloth pages and wooden covers with title carved on top board. Signed on back board by the artist.
Book Arts, Major Works by Leading Artists: "Working primarily on a diminutive scale, Shanna Leino crafts striking meticulously designed books from bone, metal, and paper. Leino references traditional bookbinding methods in her work, bringing the past into the present with finesse, creativity, and technical expertise. Stitches are integral to her structures. She often uses colorful silk thread to form intricate end bands – colorful patterns that serve as the finishing touches to her pieces.
"Leino’s books are the results of a long, slow process that reflects her deep respect for the traditions and materials of her craft. Planing wood, carving bone, and paring leather are typical procedures that she employs to give each work a distinctly handcrafted feel."