Wednesday, July 01, 2015
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
This is a 3-section binding technique that Smith calls bobbin because it picks up a thread from underneath like a sewing machine stitch. So I used orange thread on the inside to create those little dots of colour on the spine, picking up on the orange in the cover paper, which is some of my own shibori paper. (If you are ever flipping through Smith's book looking for something quick and simple, don't pick this one.)
Monday, June 29, 2015
A 2-section binding today, stitched through a case. The cover of this book features some handmade paper from my paper making class last month at PBI, with Steve Miller. It's a flax paper that we made, starting with long fibres that we chopped by hand and then it was cooked and beaten. We did two batches of flax, actually, one was cooked and one was raw and I have to admit that I can't tell them apart now!
Sunday, June 28, 2015
I showed an unsupported blanket stitch earlier this year, and now this is the supported blanket stitch, sewn onto split leather straps. I made this particular book in 2008 and presented it here on my blog with promises to make a better one. Seven years have passed and I never actually made another book using this binding technique! I still indend to do so, at some point...
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Friday, June 26, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
This model was made to learn a few historical techniques: sewing on split alum tawed thongs, drawn on wooden boards with beveled spine edge, vellum spine lining and leather spine covering, etc. Modeled after sixteenth century bindings. Since this was a model, I covered only half the spine with leather so that I could still see the sewing on one end.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Monday, June 22, 2015
This is a copy of POW! by Mo Yan that I bound in a traditional Chinese format in four parts, for the Nobel Museum bookbinding exhibition in Sweden this year, recognizing Mo Yan's Nobel prize for literature.
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Another flexagon today. Again made from a single sheet of paper, folded so that it can be flexed to reveal different faces. This one has more faces that the one I showed yesterday. As well, yesterday's flexagon structure required one little bit of glue to hold it together whereas today's flexagon is completely non-adhesive.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Today's structure is a simple flexagon. Flexagons allow a number of faces to be revealed, depending on how they are folded and unfolded. There are many ways to make a flexagon if you search online; but, if you investigate flexagons too much, it becomes a very elaborate mathematical challenge to make more complicated flexagons with more faces and using different shapes (be careful)!