A Bit About LeMieux Books
I earned my BFA at Temple University Tyler School of Art in Painting & Drawing, with a minor in Art History. Ironically, I never learned to bind books in art school, but taught myself as a way to keep track of all of my homework. I immediately fell in love with this ancient art, and I've been binding books ever since.
Currently, I split my time between my job in academic publishing, making books, and training in Muay Thai. When I'm not working, binding books, or punching things, I'm probably hanging out with my pet hedgehog, Nutmeg (@nutmeg_the_hedgehog), watching dogs in the park, or drinking coffee.
About LeMieux Books:
I started LeMieux Books in 2014, as I was preparing to graduate. I'd fallen in love with the art of bookbinding in my first year at Temple, and during my last two, I dove headlong into a bookbinding adventure that continues to this day. My favorite thing about it is that there are infinite types of bindings, and no matter how much one knows, there is always more to learn. It's a very contemplative medium, directly in contrast with the rest of my daily activities, and I think that's part of what draws me to it.
All of my books are made of archival materials, from the book board to the drawing paper to the cover decorations. I'm often asked where I get my papers from. I import some of them from vendors in Florence, and I often visit paper stores in places that I go to visit, picking up any rolls of paper that interest me along the way. My inspiration comes primarily from Florentine patterns and illuminated manuscripts. The colors and patterns have always captivated me, and I love to take the concept of what was written and drawn inside a book and put it on the cover, for all to see.
When I see someone pick up one of my books, and run their fingers over the cover, sometimes I can tell that the book is made for them. I didn't know it when I made the book, and they didn't know it before they saw it, but there is really something magical about it.