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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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Lamella binding and craquele decoration

 I purchased this unbound text some time ago. It is a book of poetry by Nan McDonald, illustrated by Jan Brown (both “Canberra artists) and printed by Ampersand Duck. Poems about birds and sensitive drawings beautifully letterpress printed on grey paper.
After wondering how to bind it I decided to try a technique I saw demonstrated at the Society of Bookbinders conference last year called by the delightful presenter Christina ‘Lamella binding’.
Muted colours and references to bird forms seemed to be called for,
I liked the way this form of concertina, or stub binding, throws the pages up and open plus creates a curve at the spine. The ‘Lamellas’ are the rigid supports attached to the spine, I have extended them to show a dominant bird form.
Hope you like it.
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Sydney Bookbinding
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