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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

Tuesday – sample covers for Longstitch

Longstitch smaple card

I will have small pieces of board and cloth so that we can do a sample of how to cut and create hinges allowing you to have side covers and a spine area – the format for your larger Longstitch book.

So cutting and gluing, yes corners to be neatly done, you also  need to sand the outside edge of your covers – top, bottom and front plus the actual corners.

We will then have card pieces to pierce holes into so that we can understand the stitching process. Some folded bits of paper will allow us to actually stitch in some sections.

I will bring thread, board, cloth and sandpaper for you to use.

Longstitch spine

Longstitch spines

 

 

Longstitch spine - even number of stitches

Longstitch spine - even number of stitches

Longstitch sample card

Longstitch sample card

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Monday 15th Concertina and Longstitch

Covers of simple concertina book

You will work on your Concertina so make sure you have all the materials and tools you require.

Have your samples with you as we will use one of your cover samples to attach to one of your concertina samples – the final requirement is to be able to attach the covers securely and neatly.

It is important that your concertina and covers sit flat on the desk. The concertina can have an irregular top area but it needs to be fully supported at the base.

I will cover some of the requirements for your final project but not spend work time on it. You need to be working on the content pages and to have them well on the way in the next couple of days. Our class time will be devoted mostly to the construction and covering of the covers plus the stitching patterns – content pages you can work on in your own time and any extra time we can give to them during class.

Covers and stitching procedure is quite demanding. 

Internal pages of Longstitch book

Internal pages of Longstitch book

Well made Longstitch covers

Well made Longstitch covers

Covers of simple concertina book

Covers of simple concertina book

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Friday – marking and covering boards

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For your marking come in, find a space, perhaps around the room, and set out your book with your name and student number clearly on a piece of paper.

I will go around the books, testing if they function well and photographing them. This allows me to take my time considering your marks for this project. Marks are submitted to Michael and go through the normal channels of UNSW before getting to you.

Hopefully I have that all done in the first part of  the class time – then, at about 11.00 we can go through the covering of board for the making of covers for our Concertina. For this you need your ‘gluing station’ as shown.  Have your usual tools plus scissors (best for cutting the corners).  You will need sandpaper but I will bring some for tomorrow – get your own for own work (grit of around 180).

Bring your gluing stuff in a plastic bag as you will take it home wet.

Any questions contact me.

Gluing station

Gluing station

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Thursday – introduction to Concertina construction

Accordion with panels
Pages stitched into a concertina spine

Pages stitched into a concertina spine

Tunnel book with layered panels
Tunnel book with layered panels
Tunnel book jungle

Tunnel book jungle Layered concertina tunnel book

Concertina forms are sculptural and generally need to be seen from both sides. It is capable of a range of different shapes and we will make some samples to explore these.

I will have the card and papers to use for these samples but please have your cutting mat,  knives, ruler, needle, awl, bonefolder etc as we will be cutting and forming. We should not require glue but will need it to make sample covers on Friday.

See you tomorrow and hope the Oriental stitched book is coming along. No need to think of Concertinas until we meet tomorrow.

Accordion with panels of trees
Accordion with panels of trees
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What is required for our 3rd day

Oriental binding of students work
Oriental stitching - book open well

Oriental stitching - book open well

Tomorrow is the day you work on you first book. If you are still designing and making decisions then bring the samples you have been trying out. We can perhaps spend the first part of the class time checking your ideas and samples. But, the second half should be actually working on the book you will submit.

I will need you to have all the materials you require – papers for internal pages, card for covers plus any inclusions, illustrations etc you need to tell your story.

So get cracking, /this is the last day I can assist you for this first project.

Look forward to see you all again tomorrow.

Oriental binding with interesting cover design.Oriental binding of students work
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