Brookline artisan participates in MTV Movie Awards event

BROOKLINE – The Nib and Quill, in association with The Artisan Group, participated in a celebrity gift lounge event hosted by GBK Productions leading up to the MTV Movie Awards telecast on April 8-9 in Los Angeles.

Founder/maker Kristi Baker’s heirloom-quality handcrafted Pocket Journals were included in The Artisan Group’s celebrity swag bags. The journals measure 2.5 inches by 3 inches and are bound with black waxed linen thread. Offering a total of 13 chapters and a hand-braided, waxed linen wrap closure, the journals make creative expression easy.

"I’m very excited about gifting my Pocket Journals at GBK’s gift lounge," Baker said before the event. "I think their rustic feel and authenticity will appeal to the MTV Movie Awards crowd.

"They are also incredibly versatile – I designed them to work as either a leather pocket notebook or a wedding vow book, the perfect size to fit in his pocket to hold his handwritten vows, keeping them safe and close by for his special day. They also makes an amazing groomsmen gift, prayer journal or small personal notebook."

At the Artisan Group exhibit, the Nib and Quill displayed two handcrafted 5- by 7-inch Coptic bound journals, one in muted tangerine with gold filigree and a Victorian skeleton key and the other in a "Flower of Life"-inspired geometric pattern in primary blue and white.

"The muted tangerine journal was inspired by an interest in fusing the past with the brightness of youth, and how these two forces can open new expressions of art, love and possibilities," Baker said. "The ‘Flower of Life’ journal explores the subtext of music – I believe that sacred geometry and music share the concepts and principles that allow us to experience and express elements of the mystic."

Baker’s passion is creating journals to help capture memories, thoughts and pieces of creation. She handcrafts each piece with care and attention to detail, with an aspiration to make a piece that will last a lifetime and become an heirloom.

Materials are hand-selected by Baker with a focus on using materials and techniques that connect with the past.

"My journals appeal to old souls that have a love of the hand-written word, have an urge to add to artistic creation, and share an appreciation for handcrafted and sustainable works," Baker said.

The Nib and Quill’s Piano Journal is a favorite of "Pitch Perfect’s" Kelley Jakle, who uses it as her songwriting book. Harvey Guillen ("The Internship") is also a fan, and owns an original Feather Artwork Journal.

The Nib and Quill has participated in GBK’s Luxury Celebrity Gift Lounges for the 2012 Academy Awards, the 2013 Golden Globes, the 2014 and 2015 MTV Movie Awards and the 2014 Primetime Emmys.

For more information about the Nib and Quill, visit www.etsy.com/shop/thenibandquill.

For more information about the Artisan Group, visit theartisangroup.org.