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ABOUT US


Hello. Here's a bit about who we are and what we do at Thumbprint Books.

 
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ABOUT US


Hello. Here's a bit about who we are and what we do at Thumbprint Books.

 
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ABOUT US


Hello. Here's a bit about who we are and what we do at Thumbprint Books.

 
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ABOUT US


Hello. Here's a bit about who we are and what we do at Thumbprint Books.

ABOUT US


Hello. Here's a bit about who we are and what we do at Thumbprint Books.

 

LARRY ADAMS. I enjoy visual beauty and the process of incorporating it into special books. My primary work at Thumbprint Books includes book design, photo touch up, print facilitation, and helping with hand finishing options.

For years I have experimented with handbound books for personal projects, and have used Photoshop as a hobby photographer. I developed technical experience in design and publishing software while working as a layout editor and writer of technical publications for 9 years at Motorola. I applied those skills to marketing and other materials while working for 21 years with a land developer and community builder on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

I think of myself as an “artisan” who uses software tools to shape the raw materials of story and photographs into attractive books. And then (for clients who choose a hand-finished option) I shape printed pages, cover board, thread, tape, glue, special papers, and canvas or leather into distinctive volumes. I feel wonderfully alive when my hands, heart, mind, and imagination are creating a new book. And when discovering beauty through a camera lens (here’s a link to my photography website).

SYLVIA ADAMS. I love listening to people’s stories, and asking questions that prompt other memories.

Growing up overseas, I treasured handwritten letters from friends and relatives. During our visits home to Canada to visit, I would record my grandfather’s stories on cassette tape. My long-held interest in people’s oral and handwritten stories finds expression in each book project.

I have been drawing and painting since I was a child. When our daughters went to elementary school, I earned a Diploma in Studio Art from Capilano University, North Vancouver, where I explored drawing and painting more fully, and learned to work with clay, wood, Plexiglas®, print making, and mixed media.

I particularly enjoy the challenge of making each book project different from every other. When so commissioned, I delight in highlighting a feature of a client’s story in an art form that we incorporate into their book, cover, or slipcase.

 

LARRY ADAMS. I enjoy visual beauty and the process of incorporating it into special books. My primary work at Thumbprint Books includes book design, photo touch up, print facilitation, and helping with hand finishing options.

For years I have experimented with handbound books for personal projects, and have used Photoshop as a hobby photographer. I developed technical experience in design and publishing software while working as a layout editor and writer of technical publications for 9 years at Motorola. I applied those skills to marketing and other materials while working for 21 years with a land developer and community builder on Bowen Island, British Columbia.

I think of myself as an “artisan” who uses software tools to shape the raw materials of story and photographs into attractive books. And then (for clients who choose a hand-finished option) I shape printed pages, cover board, thread, tape, glue, special papers, and canvas or leather into distinctive volumes. I feel wonderfully alive when my hands, heart, mind, and imagination are creating a new book. And when discovering beauty through a camera lens (here’s a link to my photography website).


SYLVIA ADAMS. I love listening to people’s stories, and asking questions that prompt other memories.

Growing up overseas, I treasured handwritten letters from friends and relatives. During our visits home to Canada to visit, I would record my grandfather’s stories on cassette tape. My long-held interest in people’s oral and handwritten stories finds expression in each book project.

I have been drawing and painting since I was a child. When our daughters went to elementary school, I earned a Diploma in Studio Art from Capilano University, North Vancouver, where I explored drawing and painting more fully, and learned to work with clay, wood, Plexiglas®, print making, and mixed media.

I particularly enjoy the challenge of making each book project different from every other. When so commissioned, I delight in highlighting a feature of a client’s story in an art form that we incorporate into their book, cover, or slipcase.

 

“WE KNOW FROM personal experience what it’s like to capture a family’s story in time, and what it’s like to have missed it. We were able to interview Larry’s parents about their lives and their families of origin—and shape the interviews and scanned photos into a book. Unfortunately we were not able to interview Sylvia’s parents before they died; however, we were able to scan many family photographs and label them with Sylvia’s father and aunts before they passed away, and we have three chapters of a memoir that Sylvia’s grandfather started along with some articles he wrote, so that part of Sylvia’s family story is available to future generations. We encourage you to capture your family story while you can.” — Larry & Sylvia Adams

 

“WE KNOW FROM personal experience what it’s like to capture a family’s story in time, and what it’s like to have missed it. We were able to interview Larry’s parents about their lives and their families of origin—and shape the interviews and scanned photos into a book. Unfortunately we were not able to interview Sylvia’s parents before they died; however, we were able to scan many family photographs and label them with Sylvia’s father and aunts before they passed away, and we have three chapters of a memoir that Sylvia’s grandfather started along with some articles he wrote, so that part of Sylvia’s family story is available to future generations. We encourage you to capture your family story while you can.” — Larry & Sylvia Adams