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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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Botanic Abstractions

Fifteen book artists heve been invited to submit a book based on, or inspired by, our beautiful Botanic Gardens. This is for an exhibition to be held just after Easter a couple of years ago.

So, out with paint brush, inks, knives, ink pens and away I went. I have not painted for many years but was anxious to rediscover some of my earlier watercolour techniques.

Some cut out collage pieces and my concertina book is on the way. Will create about 6 double pages of images and intend to bind then into a long concertina. Still a lot of problems to be solved.

Hope you like this change of pace from only involved with the binding side of books.

Here is my experiment on leather for the cover. A textured piece that is rather representative of the bark of trees. I was very attracted to the textures I saw in the gardens so this on the cover will be suitable.

Want to experiment more with dyes on leather, perhaps using inks also. Am interested to use leather as a surface for working like on watercolour paper.

At last the book is finished. I have joined all the pages together with a small, reverse concertina in coloured paper. I did not  want to loose the deckle edges when I joined the pages so this even shows them off a little.

To allow it to stand up I have attached the endpapers into two box lids. This gives a more stable base for standing up as well as a firm box to close the book into.

Here is the book only partly opened. It is quite stable and a person wanting to read it can easily fiddle with the pages to get a good view of each one.

Here you see the box lid with the patterned leather on the lid. It is in a prepared recessed area so that it should not rub off with use. There is a ribbon glued fully along the top lid, under the endpaper, to make the opening of the two parts of the box easier.

I do intend to put the title on the lid – last little step to be done.

If you are interested to visit the exhibition to be held in the Sydney Royal Botanic Garden then let me know and I will post the details. It is due about one week after Easter.

This image is both watercolour washes and collage. It is inspired by the beautiful Lilly pond in the gardens.

The exhibition of this book and  books by 14 other  artists is opening on Thursday evening 28th April in the Rathborne Lodge, Sydney Botanic Gardens.


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