iBB Podcast #17.2 – Dimitris Koutsipetsidis – Bindings with Riddles and Layered Narratives

In the first part of our talk with Dimitris Koutsipetsidis, a bookbinder from Athens (Greece), we discussed the things that brought him to making books. This time we take it one step further and Dimitris shows us some of his bindings and tells us the stories of the making of these books.



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00:00 – Show & Tell: Bindings
00:39 – Shakespeare – Titus Andronicus. A story of obsession
07:29 – How Dimitris feels about this binding now, several years later
10:19 – The second attempt in entering a bookbinding competition
12:44 – A fantasy binding with layers, riddles, and secrets
19:29 – Codex Seraphinianus, Voynich manuscript, unlocking the secrets of books
20:57 – Shakespeare – Hamlet. Using letters as a book cover design tool
27:02 – Dimitris’ approach to boxmaking and the ugly box Dimitris made for Titus Andronicus
32:29 – A stage of making a book that Dimitris enjoys the most
35:55 – Traditional and experimental materials
37:40 – Understanding leather
39:02 – Brexit and bookbinding supplies
40:33 – Using eel and frog leather
43:12 – The South Sea Scheme. Finding all the smallest details

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