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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding

Update – Inner West Studio Trail

Botonic Abstractions Front cover box lid
Botonic Abstractions Front cover box lid

Botonic Abstractions. Front cover box lid

 

 

A couple of images of Artists books I have made over the last few years.  An interesting area of bookbinding and something I have been teaching at the UNSW/Art& Design (COFA) for the last 15 years.

West Connect have just informed us that part of Campbell Street  will be blocked off on Sunday so, if coming to us, please come via Victoria Street. You can phone Kevin on 0407 775 789  or me on 0434 443 987 for further assistance.

Botanic Abstractions

Botanic Abstractions concertina content

The Beginning and The End covers

The Beginning and The End Coptic stitched covers

The Beginning and The End

The Beginning and The End internal page

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Inner West Open Studio Trail

A5 leather journal with decoration
Oriental books with decorative covers.

A5 Oriental stitched notebooks with decorative covers

A5 leather journal with decorative leather panels or toolingA5 leather journal with decorative leather panels and tooling

As part of the Inner West Open Studio Trail we are open next Sunday – 18th March  from 10am to 4pm – to all who might like to visit a working bindery. Here the ancient craft of hand bookbinding is practised and wonderful wooden equipment employed – all on show.

I also have a small range of hand made journals and notebooks for sale – a small but unique commercial range that I hope tempts some of you.

I include some images of books for sale.

For more details concerning this event you can look at the Inner West website -

https://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/art–events/arts-and-culture/inner-west-open-studio-trail

As we are at the end of a narrow suburban street – 101 Church Street, St Peters there may be some difficulty in parking. Kevin will be there to assist you so call him on 0407 775 789 if you get to us and cannot find a place to park.

We have West Connect at the end of the street but no street blockages are scheduled for next Sunday so Campbell Street will be open.

You can always phone me for more information – 0434 443 987  Love to welcome you to my bindery.

Coptic books with decorative covers
Coptic books with decorative covers
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Marking day – 25th January

As you are to present your final two books for marking on the 25th January it is important that you display your books clearly and well.

Perhaps a sheet of white paper to display your work on and your name (as per the attendance roll) plus student number to be clearly displayed with your work.

The Concertina is to be presented in an open position. I will be checking that it stands securely and closes fully between protective covers. Have the samples you created shown behind this structure.

Some technical points that are part of your marks -

  • The concertina opens and closes easily
  • Covers and Concertina stand securely at the base.
  • Covers are sanded and well covered – no gaps at the corners.
  • Some designing on the covers to relate them to the ‘theme’ of your Concertina.
  • Concertina is securely attached to the covers and a suitable lining is attached to the covers.
  • Both sides of  the Concertina are worked (if this format) and, if a flag book, the action of opening reveals a different design but related to the front side.
  • Designing to give a ‘progression’ in theme or surface effect should be attempted.

The Longstitch is to presented in a standing position. I will open it to check flexibility of the covers, suitability of cover and spine size, cover lining and stitching of sections. The sequential presentation of your ‘story’ is important plus the working of the pages to create interest. Have samples you created shown behind this book.

Some technical points that are part of your marks -

  • Covers are sanded and cover cloth neatly turned in at the corners.
  • Covers have a suitable ‘square’ and the book stands straight.
  • Cover design is related to the content enclosed.
  • Spine stitching is firm and perhaps worked into a design.
  • Lining of covers suitable and smooth.
  • Content is interesting in the way you have worked the pages – both sides – plus they are sequential according to your ‘story’.
Your Oriental book has been marked but include it in your display.
I will photograph your work to allow me to take my time assessing and marking your work.
I look forward to seeing you all, and your work, on the 25th.
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Last day for assistance

Book sits well and cover is well designed
Concertina -
  • Covers and concertina must stand securely flat on the desk and in an open arrangement.
  • Have your sandpaper to sand the head, tail and foredge (top,  bottom and front) of the outside of the covers to remove that sharp edge. A longer bevel sometimes looks, and feels, good.
  • Remember to take the sharp point off the corners also.
  • Covers must be able to fully close protecting your concertina.
  • Work surfaces both sides to create interest – some attempt to have a progression in the images is required – even if only from one side to the other.
  • Covers should show some designing to relate them to your concertina contained.
Hard cover Longstitch -
  • Covers need to be larger than your text pages – we call this the ‘square’. a smaller book perhaps around 5mm but a larger one 10mm
  • As the board you are using is approximately 3mm thick make the spaces 7mm wide. This will ensure that the covers flex well back and forth.
  • Have your sandpaper to sand the head, tail and foredge (top,  bottom and front) of the outside of the covers to remove that sharp edge. A longer bevel sometimes looks, and feels, good.
  • Remember to take the sharp point off the corners also.
  • For this book sand also the top and bottom of your spine piece.
  • Bookcloth must be used for the spine area in order to create a strong and lasting hinge. Rest of cover is there for you to decorate, design and create an appropriate introduction to your book.
  • You need to cover the inside of the spine strip, and onto the covers, with the bookcloth also. Make sure that the overlap onto the covers is at least 20mm each side as you are working it into the hinge which will take up about 7mm each hinge area.
  • The inside of the covers needs to be covered and this can be of any material as it is not over a hinge area or structural in any way. Do this area after you have finished your covers and make sure it is squared.
  • It should not cover to the very edge but come in from the cover edges by a few mm at least.
  • This book requires a definite sequential story line and you should work both sides of the pages.
  • Animate the surfaces – work them – to create interest.
  • Remember paper can be folded, pleated, crushed, torn, woven, stitched. Pockets and fold-outs are elements to consider and sections can be created with pages of different heights – single pages or multiples.
  • This is a major book and should have at least 8 sections.
  • Stitching can be single rows or two sections into one row. It can be a combination of single rows and double rows of stitching depending on your sections.
NOTE – width of spine is not determined until the sections are folded.
  • Spine width is to comfortably accommodate your sections – not squashed. Allow 4mm at least extra either side before the spine edge of your first and last section. The row of holes begins therefore inside the edge of your spine. Holes need to be 4mm apart at least.
  • Your exact paper pattern for the spine holes is taped to the outside of the spine (when covers are completed), and you awl accurately through from the outside.
  • A separate paper pattern is created for your sections – line these up against your spine holes and ensure you keep the pages up the right way. Awl the  holes through from the inside and make sure they are exactly at the fold.
  • Stitching can become a decorated area by perhaps binding areas, adding objects – this can introduce colours.
    Book sits well and cover is well designed

    Book sits well and cover is well designed

IF THERE ARE AREAS HERE WHERE YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE MAKE SURE YOU ASK ME TO GO OVER THESE POINTS WITH YOU.                       

Accordion with cut away panels

Accordion with cut away panels

Interesting cover with stitching

Interesting cover with stitching

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Wednesday – Stitching in sections

Section stitched into sample card

I will only need the first part of our lesson to demonstrate the stitching in of sections and for you to complete this step in your sample card.

The second part of the lesson you need to have all your material in order to work on your sections for your final book. The artwork need not be done on the pages but your design should be finalised, how you are to ‘realise’ your ‘story’ and therefore how many sections you will need to create.

Sections can be in card as well as papers, envelopes with inclusions, collages, shaped and different sizes. If you have inclusions which will thicken up the sections please plan to put something in at those places so that we can gauge the exact thickness of your text block (stacked sections).

Sections can be more than one leaf – you can tuck one or two in together – this can help when we do not want lots of sections to stitch through your spine.

The spine size of card is just a few mm wider than the thickness of your text block. If there are more rows of stitches required we have 2 options – stitch 2 sections into each row of holes  -  or create a staggered second row of holes below the main ones. This allows more sections to be stitched in without making the spine board thicker. All the  holes through your spine must be at least 4mm apart.

All will be covered tomorrow morning and Thursday morning when I can work with your actual text block – IN THICKNESS AND NUMBER OF SECTIONS.

It is important that all instructions for this final book are covered by end of class on Thursday. We then have hot Friday as the final check of Concertinas and Longstitch books. After that you are on your own but with just under a week to complete these books for marking on the 25th (Thursday)

See you all tomorrow.

Section stitched into sample card

Section stitched into sample card

 

Staggered stitching pattern

Staggered stitching pattern

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Sydney Bookbinding