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Binding memories for a lifetime

On a recent trip to Nashville, I had the pleasure of meeting Katie Gonzalez (BFA ’08), who creates beautiful books that she binds herself.

Gonzalez first became interested in book binding while studying abroad in Cortona, Italy, in 2006. While there, the alumna took a book arts and papermaking class, a craft she knew little about at the time.

According to Gonzalez, “My experiences while studying abroad in Italy, such as visiting a medieval bindery, working with luxurious materials, and learning to make paper by hand, instilled a sense of traditional techniques into my work.”

The experience sparked such a passion for the craft that she eventually opened her own business in 2010, linenlaid&felt, in Nashville, Tenn.

She currently creates hand-bound photo albums, wedding guest books, baby books, journals, sketchbooks and sculptural works of art that can be found in her online shop. But, not only is Gonzalez an artist, she is a teacher, too! She is part-time instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film and at The Skillery, both in Nashville.

Congratulations to Katie as she follows her passion for book binding. Her pieces are beautiful and reflect the time and care she puts into each work of art. Best of luck in the future, Katie!

Learn more about Katie Gonzalez at her blog.

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Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.

Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

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Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."

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