Every once in a while the Museum Meermanno in the Hague (The Netherlands) brings a new temporary exhibition. This time they show the works of Quentin Blake, an artist, who had illustrated multiple books, including stories by the world-famous author Roald Dahl.
This week's scanned book is the third volume of the catalog of the library of René Descamps-Scrive. Last week I posted some excerpts from the first two volumes of the same catalog.
Ross MacDonald has led a secret double life for many years. While he was writing humor pieces and making illustrations for periodicals, he was also making paper-related props for over 40 movies.
Just received my new member's welcoming package from the Stichting Handboekbinden - bookbinding guild of the Netherlands. I love every piece of it. In that small envelope, there are materials to make a small accordion book. And look at this small bonefolder!
Why Bookbinding Is the Best Hobby? Well, it’s the best hobby for me because I’m old and retired. Judging by the pictures in the iBookBinding newsletters, everyone else is thirty or forty years younger. What can an ancient amateur book-maker tell you?
For quite some time I've been looking for a new way to show gratitude to patrons of iBookBinding at Patreon.com. And several weeks ago I realized that I could share with them some books from my newly acquired collection.
We went to Belgium recently. Of course, I cannot miss anything related to books (especially old books). That's why when my wife and my grandfather went to see the Saint Bavo's Cathedral in Ghent, I spent an hour in the Saint Nicholas' Church. Where, as it appears, every second Saturday there is a book market.
In 2013, I signed up for my first bookbinding course. It was a general interest course that ran for 3 hours every Tuesday evening for 11 weeks. It was kind of a whim—I just thought it sounded cool. What I didn't realize at the time was that this course wasn't just my introduction to bookbinding...
It was my dream for several years to visit the Bookbinders' Fair in Sint-Niklaas (Belguim), and this April the dream came true. I had my personal stall there and it was even better than I thought it would be.
You Are the Creator
My absolute favorite reason for binding books (and never stopping) is that you can fully use your creative power. That’s something different in today’s world of desk and service work. You drive to the office, work your pile, return home. Next morning there’s a new pile waiting for you, and you have a feeling that it will never stop. Continue reading →