iBB Podcast #7 – Sophia Siobhan Wolohan Bogle – Save Your Books

Our seventh guest is Sophia Siobhan Wolohan Bogle, a bookbinder and book restorer from Ashland, Oregon. With her project Save Your Books, Sophia is also spending a lot of time educating people about book repair and restoration!

Our next guest is Mark Cockram, a book artist and bookbinder from London, UK. I’m always impressed by Mark’s videos where he shows his bookmaking process. They are both inspiring and educational!

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Table of Contents

00:00 – Introduction
00:56 – On the difference between restoration and conservation
05:23 – On ordering the supplies during the lockdowns
06:26 – Sophia’s workload during the lockdown
07:18 – Who are the clients of the Save Your Books project? How Sophia began her career in book repair?
08:31 – On importance of finding a niche
10:23 – Sophia’s teaching experience
11:21 – Working in a used books store and the value of that experience
13:31 – Collecting books doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money on books
17:41 – Talking about Sophia’s book Book Restoration Unveiled
25:28 – Courses Sophia offers on her website
28:42 – Paperbacks and their quality (or lack of the quality)
30:41 – On the difference between bookbinding and book repair courses
32:26 – Facebook groups dedicated to rare books
35:09 – The process of writing the book
37:16 – The difference in conservation and restoration approach for books and ephemera / Ethical aspects of book restoration
43:21 – Undoing previous repairs
45:07 – Is there any future for bookbinding and paper books?
49:28 – Sophia’s introduction to books and book repair
51:32 – The first project Sophia was proud of as a professional
56:41 – Workshop tour

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