by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Forest Groves Emily Lux hand stiches and binds books, which often use recycled materials such as old maps as covers.Through August, Forest Grove resident Emily Lux will display her paintings and handmade books at Caffe Montecassino, 1932 21st Ave. in Forest Grove.

Her collection focuses on little, fun things, inspired by her New Year’s resolution to have more fun while balancing life, work and family.

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: STEPHANIE HAUGEN - Some of Luxs art pieces reflect when shes completely in the moment, thinking solely about how beautiful something is. Others reflect her constant stream of thoughts.“It’s about focusing on these little things with all these other things in my mind at the same time,” Lux said. “After I go a few months without painting, I have to do it.”

She started making books at night while earning her master’s in education at Pacific University so she could still create art, but it was easier than painting with a young son at home. It became “meditative. Some people knit but I make books.”

“I like the idea of keeping older traditions alive,” said Lux, who started using her handmade books as prizes in her classroom at Poynter Middle School because she knew her students would use them to draw or write. “It’s an old method with the modern twist of recycled materials and fun paper and materials.”

Lux’s books are continuously displayed at Caffe Montecassino, and are also for sale at Periscope Books & Tutoring, 1920 Pacific Ave., and at the Washington County Museum Gift Shop, 120 E. Main St.

Her piece, Primary I, will hang on the walls at Caffe Montecassino in Forest Grove this month as part of her art show, which celebrates the balance between work and life. For custom books or for more information, contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and check out

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