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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.
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Oriental side stitched Artists’ Book


For several years I have taking a course on Artists’ Books at COFA (College of Fine Arts, Sydney). During the semester we  complete 3 projects.

Their first project is to design and create a book based on Oriental side stitching. A soft cover and with content of their designing. It gives me great pleasure to see the creativity of these talented students.

This book shows quite intricate side stitching and opens in the centre - “French Door” style.

Open Oriental side stitched book showing internal pages


This shows the opening of the book and some of the work done on the internal pages. Not only are there collages and pages that are painted but different coloured pages and stencil cutting has been used to create interest. It opens very gracefully.

This is another very interesting side stitched book, that grew from the exploration of Oriental side stitching. The cut holes in the front look through to different pages on the inside where drawings of different colours are to be seen.

The exploration of a wider spine area and multi-coloured stitching is a very creative  development.

The ‘gallery’ images at the start of this post give just some ideas of the range of styles explored by the previous COFA students. There are many more of course but this is a taste. So, be creative with this one.


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