My name is Annette, and I’m the bookbinder and creator of Chapter and Star. I’m based in Kuching, Sarawak and has always had an awed appreciation for books and stationery. I make blank books from scratch, using time-honored traditional bookbinding methods and tools, but at the same time injecting a whimsical and minimalist style. I am completely self-taught.
I began teaching myself to bind books when I found myself in need of a blank sketchbook with paper that suits my need for sketching and watercolor painting. Before that, I was avid journalist, and derive a certain satisfaction from seeing all my journals sitting beautifully on my shelf. I prefer handmade books that are functional yet beautiful to use.
On weekends, I go on sketchcrawls with fellow sketchers from Urban Sketchers Kuching.
So what’s behind the name Chapter and Star? Simple, really. I love books – books to sketch in, books to read in, books to write in. Every one of us has story to tell, chapters of our lives. We live, we dream, we laugh, we reach for the stars. So write it all down. Put your thoughts down on paper.