Over time, Sarah developed a number of followers on social media, from artists, writers, and bookbinders, to students and bookworms. She felt the need to start a community for them all - a way for them to make meaningful connections, exchange ideas, and get inspired by each other. So she created the challenge #areyoubookenough on Instagram, where the first challenge was launched in January 2017 with the theme ‘light’. According to Sarah, she thought there would only be a handful of participants, but was surprised and overwhelmed when she realized how many followers had accepted the challenge.
– In the first challenge there were around 20 participants, and the list has grown to 380! It was completely unbelievable how many people actually thought this was a fun thing to take part in. And we received so many beautiful books, in all shapes and colors, both large and small. One month, there were over 120 books made, and none of them look the same, Sarah says.
Sarah loves everything that involves book art and wants more people to discover the beauty of the art form. Those participating in the challenge don’t need any specific knowledge or exceptional experience or skills - they only need to be able to make a book in a month.
– To many, this challenge is a starting point. They finally have a forum to realize the book they always wanted to make. And the more challenges they accept, the better they become, even though the end result isn’t the most important thing. What is important is that we have found a place where we can inspire and challenge one another, Sarah says.
There are no winners in the challenge, even though one of the rules is that at the end of the month every participant must publish a photo of their creation on Instagram, and then choose nine other favorites, and post them online.
– From my point of view, everyone's a winner! For people to actually design and make a book in such a short time frame is remarkable. When you then post your nine favorite books, you are also celebrating the other participants and helping to share beautiful art, Sarah says.