Thank You Book #3 – Go to Your Studio and Make Something!

Thank You Book #3 is meandering around. When flat it reads "Go to Your Studio and Make Something!" If you follow the instructions it will fold into a miniature "meander" book, a fun accordion structure that snakes back and forth. This thank you book was created as a keepsake for the 2018 Paper and Book Intensive (PBI) at Ox-Bow in Saugatuck, Michigan. Every year over 100 book and paper artists gather in the back woods of Michigan for nearly two weeks of intensive book binding, paper making and print making workshops. PBI is a phenomenal, sometimes life changing event that I highly recommend for anyone interested in the book arts. Learn more at the PBI web site here.

Thank You Books are a series of books celebrating the first 10 years of 23 Sandy and the plan is to create 10 over the next year or so. All will be free, open-edition books, perhaps one-sheet wonders, perhaps not. But, all aimed at thanking the oh so many friends, artists, librarians, visitors and supporters of the gallery.



You can download a free PDF of the PBI Thank You Book by clicking here or on the thumbnail. For best results, print on 11 x 17 inch paper then follow the step-by-stop instructions to cut out and fold into the cube book shown below. I printed mine at Staples on 67# card stock for about a buck and they look great. You could also reduce to fit on letter-size paper for an even smaller miniature book. But for smaller sizes I’d recommend text weight paper instead of card stock. For anyone interested in collecting all of the books in this series, you can find the series here. Plus, watch this blog for future releases.

Happy folding,


Artist Bio

Laura Russell is a photographer and book artist who creates hand-bound, limited-edition artist books that incorporate photographs of our urban landscape and tell a story about our culture and our communities. She has participated in national and international book arts and fine art exhibitions. Her books are collected by individual collectors and are in major collections at museums, libraries, universities and corporations. Laura is also the founder of 23 Sandy Gallery, a fine art gallery in Portland, 2007-2020, which is now owned and operated by Erin Mickelson.