My name is Jessica Pigza. I am an avid seamstress and knitter, an enthusiast of books and other objects you can learn to make by hand, a lover of vintage craft guides, and a rare book librarian at The New York Public Library. I have incorporated the handmade into my work in a variety of ways, including events and classes, a video series, and an occasional institutional blog.

My book BiblioCraft (STC Craft|Melanie Falick Books) offers guidance on finding design inspiration in all kinds of libraries–both online and in person–as well as a bunch of hands-on projects that highlight the creative possibilities waiting in historical library collections.

Looking to download the marbled papers featured on page 62 of BiblioCraft (to make Jodi Kahn’s Marbled Fabric Pouch)? Look no further! You can download them here.

If you’re a librarian or library user, an artist of any kind who finds inspiration in early printed books, or an enthusiast of vintage craft design, I’d welcome the chance to connect. You’ll find me on Twitter (and, if you’re a knitter, on Ravelry too). You are also welcome to send me a message.

Thanks for visiting!


PS: Want to find out more about a career as a rare book librarian? An excellent place to start is Frequently Asked Questions about Careers in Rare Books and Manuscripts. This friendly and well-organized resource covers everything from listserves to education, from job hunting to networking. It was created by RBMS, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association.