Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Life Book

Last year I was commissioned to create an original "life book" as a surprise one year anniversary gift from a groom to his husband.  Together for thirty years, they were one of the first gay couples to marry in New York City when the state changed the law and recognized same sex marriage.  

Life Book by Suzanne Coley
The custom-made, hand bound book came with a matching gold leaf box.  The inside pages contained silkscreened and relief prints of the couple, their journey together in life, original art, and a poem.

Life Book  open box with book on right side
When I was in Italy I picked up a few yards of blue silk velvet fabric and some glass beads.  They were the perfect materials to hand sew an elegant pouch for the book and box.

Life Book box 
The brown paper was hand marbled with gold. 
Life Book is wrapped in postage paper before putting inside box
Life Book/box peeking out velvet pouch
Binding Life Book by Suzanne Coley 
gold leaf texture of cover 
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1 comment:

Unknown said...

This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. He must have been very happy with all of the energy and beauty you put into a present for someone he loved very much!

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