The Harebrained Press Project is the most unique publishing venture undertaken in Australia to date. This is the first time an Australian author has produced such an extended work of fiction herself using the traditional bookmaking crafts.


Since 2016, R. I. Sutton has worked towards realising her collection of short stories, Closer than Breathing, as a completely independent enterprise. Employing hand-executed techniques such as typesetting using movable type, letterpress printing, paper marbling and bookbinding, Sutton is publishing Closer than Breathing in the medium best suited to its spirit as a characterful work of art.

The project has been an epic enterprise made especially challenging by the difficulties presented in sourcing rare and often expensive equipment, in struggling to find teachers or information related to each craft, and in acquiring the costly tools and materials imperative to a well-made book. Nevertheless, Closer than Breathing approaches its completion in 2023 as Sutton works her way through the final stage of binding her books.


To pre-order and reserve your copy of Closer than Breathing, select the tab on the menu above. Books will be released in March, 2023. 


The Harebrained Press' inaugural launch of Sutton's work is accompanied by a two-day exhibition called Anatomy of a Book. To see details of these events click the 'Exhibition & Book Launch' tab above.


If you would like to read the ‘story behind the story, please check out our site and sign up for the project’s Studio News. We appreciate your support!