The Light Swap 7

Here is the final swap contribution (a blook rather than a book), and a bonus from a surprise guest.

The Light-up Book

RC 1

RC 2

I took inspiration for my book from a quote by Madeleine L’Engle: “A book too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe”.

This book does just that. It brings light to darkness, just in the same way that bookbinding has brought a light into my life.

From a technical perspective, I wanted to challenge myself to work with something new, so I hacked LED Christmas ornaments and created the USB powered light-up books. Each book is unique in appearance and incorporates book cloth, decorative papers, tissue, and LED components.

Robin Canham


Melancholy Remedies

AB 1

AB 2

When my good friend, Professor Arabella D. Button, heard about the gathering she crashed the party to deliver her own interpretation of Light.  Although she has sold books at Comic Conventions under the name Professor Button’s Handbound Books she is also an apothecary.  She thought we might all need a pick-me-up after the excitement of the swap and brought Melancholy Remedies to restore ‘light’-heartedness; one for morning and one for bedtime.  The vials of pills were encased in a version of a clam shell box, constructed to resemble a book when placed on a shelf.


Erin Partridge


We hope everyone has enjoyed this series.

If you have a question about any of these books, please contact us at Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate artist.


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