Whew! I have finally finished cataloging my collection of books, magazines, and ephemera dedicated to bookish things. If you'd like some of them to be digitized and posted here, please leave a comment below
This interview is a part of a series produced by Anna Markova, book bindings' historian and rare book librarian at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Moscow.) The series is dedicated to book artisans of different kinds.
Time to discuss some of the inspiring bookbinding projects of November. As usual, the projects were chosen for the post are quite diverse, and include many things from fine and design binding to boxmaking. Some of them are quite accessible even for beginners.
Welcome to Arta Cărții! Or, at least that's how the workshop of Mihai Vârtejaru looked like almost three years ago. I planned to share these photos for quite a long time, and when I revisited Mihai's studio, everything was moved.work
Another bookbinding throwback. I made this binding some ten years ago or so. It was my second attempt on cover design with leather inlays. The first try was much-much simpler — I should probably show it some other time.
So, here is the first book I ever bound. While the top photo is quite dramatic, check the other images to see some mistakes I made. The spine is stitched because I recycled the leather from a jacket and wanted to cover the old holes.
This album is a collection of newspaper cutouts with cartoons by the Dutch artist Jo Spier. From 1924 to 1939, he worked in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf and authored a plethora of illustrations about everyday life.
I have been asked to "Just do a workshop" ... "locally, so it need not be a special thing" ... oh yes... and that four-letter word beginning with F or f that professionals dread... "for free"! After all, "it's just bits of paper, isn't it?"
These are paste papers from an early 20th-century edition of the German translation of Le déserteur, an opéra comique by the French composer Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny. Book from the collection of Leon Laserson.