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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

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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Coptic Christmas Notebooks

Helens Coptic gift books
Spine stitching of Coptic notebooks

Spine stitching of Coptic notebooks

  Helen's Coptic notebooks
Coptic notebooks

 

Helen has made Coptic notebooks as gifts for her family.

They are of folded kraft paper but with interesting endpapers and coloured cloths from our Duo range. These cloths have a texture that is a little like a fabric and the colours are quite rich.

The stitching across the spine is in black thread and everything went well in the making of these notebooks.

Coptic is a very popular binding style as it open fully in the round if required to show details of the content. It is often used for Artists’ Books

Well done Helen.

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I am now painting again

Sunset reflected on Cliff
Sunset reflacted on cliff

Sun reflected on cliffs

 

 

 

 

 

Life Giving Forces

Life Giving Force.

I have gone back to painting. I painted quite seriously for the first part of my life then discovered bookbinding.

cycle of Life

Cycle of Life

This meant I had to study bookbinding to become proficient in this demanding and fascinating activity. This took several years and then I was busy honing my skills and enjoying teaching it.

However, there was always the lurking desire to get back to painting some time. I have a lovely painter neighbour and with her prodding I have set up my studio and try to get a session of painting done each day. Life is good when I can paint in the mornings and bookbind in the afternoons.

I share with you some of my watercolours – the medium I have enjoyed working in for a long time. My inspiration is generally  nature – with some geometric shapes creeping in. I do not control the images too much, let them develop as I respond spontaneously – if the geometric shapes appear so be it – what they mean I am not sure. Perhaps my desire to link man with nature.

Hope you enjoy this new blog inclusion.

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