Right from the beginning, the authors make it clear who is the main audience of the book. Designers and production managers – people who decide how the final product should look like. My own perspective is quite different. Usually, I make all decisions regarding book development on my own, taking the client’s input into account. From cover design to book format, from binding style to brand of paper used to make a book block.
Making a Book
Last Sunday I’ve tried an unusual role. For 18 months, since my studying days at the American Academy of Bookbinding in July 2015, I’ve been a teacher. Now, however, I became a student once again. Another important thing was that there was a new teacher in my own workshop — a gold tooling and book restoration master Eduard Illarionov.
This video shows not only the process of gold tooling, there are all the preparation steps mentioned and described in the initial part of the video. I don’t think that’s enough to educate yourself on how gold tooling is done. However, it may help you to refresh the memory.
Almost a month ago Designer Bookbinders award winners were announced. iBookBinding has already posted an interview with Glenn Malkin — he had received Folio Society prize for the Set Book. Today we invite you to read an interview with Piotr Jarosz. A Polish bookbinder now working in the UK. He graduated from the University of Arts and works now as a bookbinder in a workshop in Сentral London.