Would you take us through the tools you use in your creative process?
Very few tools are needed for my bookbinding. Always on my desk is the bone folder for folding paper, an awk to make holes, a little hammer for when I punch holes into leather (though hubby says it's so tiny it's a toy and not a tool), scissors, pliers for when the needle is stuck somewhere, needles, linen thread and beeswax because I don't like pre-waxed thread.
My sewing machine (aka 'The Diva') is another important tool. I'd love to have a super strong industrial one but this was the best I could afford three years ago and well, so far she does her job well - apart from when she's having a 'bad hair day' ...
Also needed is a big cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter for cutting leather and fabrics.
Lastly, there's the painting corner with lots of fabric paints, brushes and all those sorts of things. A very important tool here is the blow-dryer. I'm not one to wait patiently until the paint is dry! :D
But wait - very importantly (although technically not a tool), is the TV opposite my desk. I'd go crazy if I had to do boring things like tearing paper, sewing in thread ends and such without having it (the tv) to keep me entertained.
What sort of monetary outlay have you had in setting yourself up with the equipment that you have?
Most of my tools are very affordable or were in the household anyway. The sewing machine was EUR 700 three years ago and the biggest investment so far.
What special care and/or cleaning is required to keep your tools running smoothly?
The Diva needs some hugs on her bad days. Apart from that nothing needs any special care.
Is there any special safety requirements for when you are making your journals?
No. Well, not really. But only because I don't mind ink stains and paint drops on my clothes ...
Renate, if you could own any kind of tools that aren't related to your own craft what would they be?
I'd love to have everything needed for making pottery. A pottery wheel, yes! Of course, I have no idea how to work with it as I have never tried it before, but I imagine it is a very sensual and wonderful (and in my case very messy) experience.