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I don’t know about you, but I’m a total Black Friday shopper. In fact, I’m just waiting for my coffee so I can get myself out the door for a new label maker. Mine died. So sad.
That said, there are some great online sales that may be of interest to you bookbinders out there (as if we need a reason to buy more supplies):
If you’re not familiar with the The Paper Place (great origami giveaway, anyone?), they boast a selection of over 1,200 papers. They’re pretty much the online mecca of Japanese paper and their selection is simply to die for. From now through 12/1/13, these wonderful folks are offering 15% off their entire online store. Use code MAKERFRIDAY at checkout to get the discount.
Paper Mojo is one of my favorite paper sources – they have a great selection and the prices are reasonable. From now until 12:00 midnight EST on Friday, November 29th, Paper Mojo is having a 20% off sale on everything in their shop. In addition, all orders over $75.00 receive free ground shipping. No code is needed – the savings will show up in your shopping cart.
Cloth Paper Scissors is offering 50% storewide from now until Tuesday, December 3rd until 11:59 p.m. Mountain time. This sale includes books, DVDs, art lessons, and magazines. No need for a code – just go directly to their website and shop!
As I’ve mentioned many times before, I learned how to make books while working at Paper Source during my grad school days. I have lots of love for this store and what’s not to love about free shipping on online orders over $75.00? Use code FALL75 at checkout to get the discount.
Kate’s Paperie is offering 30% off all regular priced items purchased online. Yes, everything. There’s no code to worry about – the discount will show up at checkout on your entire order. This deal will run from 12:01 a.m. EST on 11/29/13 through 12/1/13 (11:59 p.m. EST).
You know when you get to the bottom of a jar of PVA and the glue is all super-thick and gooey?
At this point I have one of two choices, add fresh PVA to it or add methyl-cellulose to it to loosen it up.
Wait, did I say I had two choices? I have three choices. The third choice is to keep the goo around.
The über glue is great for those times when you need extra sticky glue – like when you have a really teeny turn in or if you have a glossy paper that won’t comply.
Do what I do and go get yourself another jar – keep the fabulously fresh PVA in one jar and the super-tacky PVA in the other.
You’ll be glad you did!
In true holiday production fashion, I worked on accordion books today. The beer covers have been especially popular.
A new design for this year is mustaches. If you have a facially fuzzy friend, this book would make a great gift!
Yesterday was the second session of my Paste Paper Photo Album class at Studio Place Arts. This was a very different experience from last week’s session of making paste paper – we were a lot cleaner this time. Bookbinding is a much neater art form.
Everyone’s papers were so beautiful – they looked like they were glowing from within.
I’m thrilled with how the albums turned out. It always amazes me how people can use the same materials and yet produce such unique work.
Not only did everyone leave with a beautiful photo album, but they also had a stack of their own paste papers to play with at home. I loved teaching this class and look forward to teaching it again in the future.
Today I worked on making covers for my chopstick journals. I love the red cranes paper.
Hopefully I’ll have these completed in time for my first show!
I am so addicted to Pinterest. I love love love looking at pictures of handmade books and reading tutorials. I want to make all the things.
To tap into the bookbinding mojo on Pinterest, I usually just search for boards using the term. This will get you into some pretty awesome stuff.
But if you’re like me, you want more. It’s really fun to tap more into the international community of bookbinding by searching for images and boards using terms in foreign languages. Enter The Multilingual Bookbinding/Conservation Dictionary Project, compiled by Suzy Morgan and Peter D. Verheyen.
The goal of this project is to combine, in one place, all the known bookbinding and book conservation terminology, in as many languages as possible. We are also including both current and archaic terms, to make the dictionary useful for both practicing conservators and bookbinders, as well as book history scholars. There are already a variety of multi-lingual dictionaries in existence, but none so comprehensive as what we envision for this project. In essence, we have taken every available multi-lingual dictionary of bookbinding, conservation or library words, and combined them.
Specifically, they offer an awesome reference list.
But even that isn’t enough for me. I got really geeky and translated the word bookbinding into other languages using Nice Translator and Google Translate. This gave me lots of options for finding stuff – give international searching a try!
Czech: vazba knihy
Haitian Creole: relyeuz
Indonesian: penjilidan buku
Malay: penjilid buku
Welsh: rhwymwr llyfrau
The Paper and Book Intensive is trying to kill me. After I took way too many classes this year, I swore that I wouldn’t take any in 2014.
Then on November 1st, PBI had to go and announce next year’s workshops. I hate you.
I love you.
Check out some of these book-related workshops they have lined up:
Designing Toroidal Books: Follow the Fold and Stray No More! with Ken Leslie (he’s from Vermont!)
A torus is any shape with a hole in it—a bagel, for instance. Toroidal books have the advantage of being viewed in two ways—folded as page-by-page accordion book variants that return to their starting point, and fully opened, fully seen artworks. Fully opened they’re more like a painting, drawing or print and can be exhibited as such.
We’ll explore a variety of circular and rectilinear toroidal structures. Then each participant will design and produce an artist book that merges form with content. And because these structures start with just a single flat surface, the leap from one-of-a-kind book to printed multiple is an easy one.
Three Case Styles for Three Bookbindings with Priscilla Spitler
Twenty years after the first PBI edition of Three Bookbindings by Gary Frost, Priscilla Spitler returns to oversee the edition binding of a newly revised text bound in a case binding, the most efficient structure for edition work. Students will learn fast yet refined techniques of case binding bound in three styles: quarter, half and full cloth. Beginning with prototype bindings, they will then participate in the production of the actual edition from sewing to casing in, through the use of jigs, set-ups and teamwork, operation by operation.
More Than a Book, More Than a Box with Cor Aerssens
This workshop introduces students to innovative thinking and techniques in creative book and box work while building a structure designed by the instructor specifically for this PBI 2014 course. Students will all make a small, portable writing desk that also functions as a storage container for writing tools and for a book designed to work specifically with the desk.
The class will begin by making a non-adhesive book sewn on vellum supports and attached to an inlay within the box. This, Aerssens calls the ‘floating book’. The box itself has two flexible lids, within which sits the book on its inlay. Beneath the inlay is a concave compartment for storing writing or drawing materials. The sides have angular corners and a beveled top. The box will be constructed from board with no additional covering materials added: just the sanded board.
And that’s just the beginning – there are more. So many more. They’re trying to kill me.
I think it’s time to apply for another grant from the Vermont Arts Council.
For the past two weeks I’ve been teaching the third installment of my leather journals class. We have continued working on three signature bindings from Keith Smith‘s book, Non-Adhesive Binding Volume II: 1-2- & 3-Section Sewings.
I had a great group of six women who completed five bindings, despite my problematic measurements (ugh). Thankfully, they were pretty quick to discover where my errors were (double ugh). I mean, yay!
Here are some pictures of the books they completed during class:
Time will tell if I’ll come up with leather journals part 4 – I do love sequels!
Today I worked on preparing for tonight’s leather journal class at Studio Place Arts. These are the three bindings I’ll be teaching:
I have a tendency to forget things if they’re not written down, so I created a checklist to help me remember what to pack for my classes.
For this particular class, I’m teaching three signature bindings with leather covers. Because the journals are small, it’s hard to teach the stitching to a class so that everyone can see.
To address this issue, I’ve been working with posters that replicate the binding patterns on the spines. The larger size helps folks to understand where the holes are punched. I attach these posters to an easel and use hemp cord to sew the bindings.
I think that this method has been very successful and I’ve received positive feedback about it. Obviously, it helps to be able to see what an instructor is doing and it’s great to not have to leave your seat.
I’ve been thinking about using peg board to make more sturdy binding models, but I’m not there yet. I worry that they might be too heavy for travel.
Here’s a shot of my workshop staging area – the hallway outside my studio (my husband tolerates a lot). I like to remove things from my studio when they’re ready to be packed in the van so I don’t forget anything.
I’m looking forward to tonight’s class!
From the PBS website:
Books are in a conflicted state. From pop culture pop-ups, to surreal sculptural stories, to reformations of antique sacred texts, these creators re-envision what the experience of a book can be. At times playful, and other times profound, this episode explores the boundaries of one of the most important human creations.
PBS also offers national standards for grades 9-12 on their website if you want to teach book art in the classroom.