The Forgotten Library takes inspiration from vintage and antiquarian books to create unusual literary gifts.

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Copyright Charlotte White


The Forgotten Library repurposes vintage books, ephemera and other library related items to create new hand crafted objects.  The business began in 2011 making A5 journals using vintage paperback covers and is constantly trying out new ways to work with neglected and poor condition books.  Not everything is a success - I was determined to make a waste paper basket from waste paper (book pages) but my foray into papier mache was short lived.


Since 2016 the library has also begun working with fused glass incorporating vintage book illustrations.  In 2017 a new range of printed greetings cards and bookmarks collaged from marbled endpapers and book illustrations was launched.  2018 saw the purchase of a vintage hot foiling machine which will hopefully lead to new products towards the end of 2019.  She needs quite a bit of TLC to get her fully operational, but I look forward to what is to come this year.


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