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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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Open hinge binding

Over the last months I have been experimenting with this ‘open hinge’ binding structure. Inspired by an example by Rita Lass in The New Bookbinder Vol. 34. A couple of my students have successfully completed books and I finished one as a gift for a special friend.

Those of you over 50 or 60 years will perhaps know the poem ‘ “When I am an old woman I will wear purple with a red hat that doesn’t go and doesn’t suit me….” so, for this friend it is a deliberate colour combination.

This is a fairly complicated binding style, not hard but more steps to be taken carefully. We loved the look and the easy opening. It is sewn on cords that allow the cover to hinge freely. The decorative endpaper is ‘made’, taken around another plain endpaper (like a sandwich), tucked under the cover and finished attached around the hollow back spine.

I include a brown book that is the first done by a student. The rest of the images are my recent special book.

In my book I covered the boards with more of the decorative paper and cut the final covering leather into large letters of my friends name. This is an easy and very decorative way to design covers. Can be done equally well with bookcloth.

Let me know what you think. I welcome any questions of course.


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Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding