Monthly Roundup September 2015

This September was a true beginning of a new season at iBookBinding.com. I cannot say that we succeeded in creating a stable everyday editorial schedule; however, it looks like the flow of Facebook posts and web site publications was regular enough and quite entertaining.

2015.01.24 - 05 - Bookbinding Folders Made of Laminate Flooring BoardsI’ve started the month by sharing my own experience with wooden folders and folders made of laminate flooring boards (I offer them to my own students for free).

i Bookbinding - Books on a Shelve
Photo by Nancy McEvoy

We had our first guest post by Nancy McEvoy this month — ‘From Author to Author/Book Binder: A Journey’. I can already tell you that more guest posts would follow soon. Maybe some of you would like to join us. We have also finally started to publish our own bookbinding tutorials (sort of — the first post is about paper grain direction). Just wait a bit for more tutorials in October =)

Sewing an Endband (Flickr - Seth Morabito CC BY-SA)
Sewing an Endband (Flickr – Seth Morabito CC BY-SA)

Other important achievement was to start posting not only in English. I have already published a couple of Russian language posts in August, but now we also plan to have one or two posts in Portuguese per month. Starting with a translation of a pretty popular ‘Top 10 Headband Tutorials on the Internet’ — ‘Os 10 melhores tutoriais sobre cabeceados da internet’.

Photo by Vintage Paper Co
Photo by Vintage Paper Co

I’m also very happy that Facebook community takes part in discussions. One of the latest subjects to grab some attention was a photo by Vintage Paper Co with a comment about bone folders soaked in oil. We even had a chat about using grease from hair or from a side of one’s nose to lessen the friction of bone folder. That’s quite enlightening =)

Fabulous Cat Papers Anatomy Japanese Stab Binding Journals
Fabulous Cat Papers Anatomy Japanese Stab Binding Journals

Photos and exceptional bookbinding work quite reasonably attract more attention than some other subjects do. ‘Bookbinding and Anatomy’ showcased couple of bookbinders inspired by the theme of anatomy. We received a comment from Chara (bookbinder behind the Fabulous Cat Books) who shed some light on her embroidering technique (I still have to reach out to her for an interview…)

Photo by Zigor Anguiano Calzada
Photo by Zigor Anguiano Calzada

Important news of the month is the announcement of the Spanish Best Artistic Binding Award winners. Understandably, photos of their work attracted attention. We also interviewed Zigor Anguiano Calzada (third place) and posted some more photos of the finalists’ works. Many congratulations to them all.

I hope, October to be even better. We also continue collecting the links to bookbinding workshops and classes in different countries. If you have something to share with us, please don’t hesitate and send a message.