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Christine‘s Compendium

A collection of curiosities, creative writing, aspirations and artistry.

One of my happy places.

Being Me

We all have many things that we care about. This is me.

Library & Information Science

It’s what I do. I’ve been involved in the information science and semantic technologies space for over 20 years. 

Society for Creative Anachronism

I participate in an organization called the SCA, wherein we recreate the middle ages. I am a Mistress of the Laurel in Bookbinding, and here is where you will find my research. 

Arts, Herbalism, Writing

I like to learn and try new things and deepen my knowledge of things such as plant-based wellness.  I like to write. I enjoy these things, I welcome you to join me on this journey.


I love to read. I love being a librarian – reference and research work make my geeky heart happy. I also love to make books. Here are a few I’ve made. 

Latest Blog Entries

Bookbinding Notes

Bookbinding Notes

Learning from the UGH moments!  I fully expect this page to be updated over time as I am able to add notes to it. Which is a lot! My Books or, “What I Would Do Differently - Notes on Binding” As DOING is most often the best teacher, I thought I ought to document what...



The Book and Digitial Media Studies department at the University of Leiden publishes an annual journal, TXT. Academic papers can be found at

Skin Deep

Skin Deep

Skin Deep is a newsletter from J Hewit & Sons Ltd. Beyond having an impressive history and shop of quality leather and related goods, they produce a newsletter which features well-researched articles of interest to bookbinders. You will find some real gems in its...