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.
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?"
Thanks to a group of photographers who wanted to know how to make photo books, I made this one-off thing, an introductory bookbinding class. The initial plan was to be done in four hours, and at 23:00, we were done!
When I friended Ingeir Djuvik early in 2016, I didn't know what an inspiring treasure I found. He hasn't stopped to amaze me with his bindings since. And at the end of this August, he received a prize from the British Society of Bookbinders.
I make handmade books which are tributes to the writers, the artists, and the stuff of life that delight me... So there’s one celebrating dogs, and one shouting about the wonder of trees, and lots of tributes to dead writers who have enhanced my existence beyond compare.
Adelene Koh is one of the winners of the first Open•Set Competition; she also received a Highly Commended Certificate of the Designer Bookbinders’ Bookbinding Competition for two years in a row in 2014 & 2015.
This happens again and again. Time after time. Every evening before a new class, I’m feeling a great anxiety about what will happen tomorrow. Even while I’m absolutely sure what to show my new students, and historically 99% of students are happy with the results, I’m really worried and nervous. Continue reading →
Every month I add new blogs to my feed. It is really inspiring to see all these fine people writing about bookbinding and book conservation tricks, their projects and thoughts. At the same moment, it becomes harder to filter links for our monthly digest — there is just too much I’d like to share with you! Continue reading →
Some of you may remember that my workshop serves both as my bookbinding and woodworking den. This has some advantages and creates some challenges, not very typical for a bookbinder’s studio. Workshop is far from being a comfortable place at the moment and I have lots of plans on how to improve it. However, I’ve already done a lot of work and wanted to share some thoughts with you. Continue reading →
Bookbinders always produce lots of offcuts. Paper, leather and book cloth are usually manufactured in sizes that are at least a bit larger than you need for your book. You also cut many elements a bit larger to trim them to exact size during the later stages of making a book. Continue reading →