Earlier this year, iBookBinding moved from France to the UK. In April, we got our workshop space, and until now, we are still figuring out how better to use it! There are still lots of boxes everywhere and not enough order =)
This time on iBookBinding's Podcast, we discuss the material and structural history of bookbinding. Our guest is Emily K. Bell, a book conservator. This is the first part of the three we recorded a while ago. Some of the things have changed in the lives of our guest and of the hosts of the podcast. But the historical/bookish part definitely remains actual.
This time we invited bookbinder Zeenat Azmi to discuss the state of bookbinding in Eritrea (and not only!) We covered topics from traditional bookbinding styles of the region and the use of papyrus to the influence of Islam and Christianity in Eritrea.
We've discussed the collection on our live stream before, but this time we decided to have a professional comment on what is exhibited there. There are several amazing professionals working with the printing equipment in the Museum of Industry, and Armina Ghazaryan is one of them.
In the second part of our talk with Kate Holland, we discussed education for bookbinders and the influence of art and craft on the economy. But most of the time we spend going around Kate's workshop and discussing tools, materials, and techniques.
A set of photos I've made at a flea market in Paris initiated a heated discussion. And no, not the photo from the preview. That's the work of Guy Laramée. What I found, was an object made with old wooden type and metal printing cliches.
We return to Tom McEwan to discuss the state of bookbinding in Scotland!
This time we return to our Booker Prize bindings series to discuss the binding of A Passage North by Anuk Arudpragasam which was created by Tom McEwan. Tom is an award-winning bookbinder and the first Scottish guest on our podcast.
Early this January, Stepan received a package from a Dutch bookseller, from whom he had already bought some stuff related to Soviet ex libris. This time, the package contained a gift -- an invitation to visit a Soviet antique books shops in Moscow and Leningrad.
This time we invited Kate Holland, an award-winning bookbinder from the UK, who is also one of the people in charge of the Designer Bookbinders UK Competition.
We return to Ben Elbel to talk about experimental bookbinding and unusual book structures. While this episode was recorded a while ago, it stays absolutely actual. Especially as Ben was named one of the most inspiring bookish people of 2021 by the guests of our podcast!
We invited the guests of our podcast to share their opinions about the most inspiring bookish people, projects, and events of 2021. The final list appears to be a bit more skewed into the bookbinding sphere, which isn't really surprising. But there were some other entrants as well.
In December 2021, there was a retrospective exhibition of fine bindings made by a French/Belgian bookbinder Louise Bescond. Stepan Had a chance to visit the exhibition on the opening night and here is our recap of it.