About this blog

The bindery at North Bennet Street School. September 2016.

The bindery at North Bennet Street School. September 2016.

The name skimplicity was inspired during the time I worked at a local cafe after I graduated from college. My coworkers nicknamed me "skim", binding my first initial with my last name (and probably a spin-off of a “skim milk” pun). As a full-fledged twenty-something in my emerging adulthood, I've been striving to live with simple sincerity in my relationships, in my lifestyle choices, and with myself. Old roots, changed perspectives is about going back to my roots (New Hampshire/Boston area) and establishing myself as a changed person since I left for college.

This blog was created to keep track of my bookbinding journey (along with other things) during my time in Boston. Currently, my goal for this blog is to keep this place as a journal for my experiences and thoughts about the things I'm learning as I go. I hope that eventually, my blog will become a resource to your quality book making and repairing ventures.

About me


My name is Sarah Kim, and I was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the United States on my sixth birthday. I was raised in the suburbs of southern New Hampshire, left for Syracuse, New York to attend college, and now I currently reside in Boston, Massachusetts.

In 2009, I started college at Syracuse University and first declared a major in Fashion Design, and transitioned into Communications Design. Initially, I wanted to study in the creative field, but the different circumstances of life led me to graduate with a B.A. in Psychology. Through my many shifts in college, I found stability and a growing passion working at the university library’s Preservation Department repairing books. A year after graduation, I was hired at the library not only to continue repairing books, but also to train and work with students, and contribute to workshops and teaching opportunities.

In the spring of 2016, I decided to apply to the Bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. I wanted to continue pursuing my passion by getting the formal training in not just book repair, but in all aspects of bookbinding. I will be a certified bookbinder by June 2018.

Edited by Shirley Don.