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The making of books, the teaching of bookbinding and the association with other bookbinders and book artists has become the focus and passion of my life. Bookbinding has many aspects and we debate a lot about the precise definitions of various aspects but, working with our hands within this discipline, challenging our skills and creativity is intriguing, frustrating and exciting.
Sydney Bookbinding
Sydney Bookbinding

Class on 13th and May

On the 13th May I would like to see where you are all at with your concertina book plus work to be done on your text pages for the last project.

Please bring all the materials you require to continue with the Concertina plus begin your text for  the Longstitch.

This should be a solid work day and one  where you can  check everything with  me.  After this lesson you should not have to bring in your concertina work for me to review but may want to have it with you to work on if there is spare time.

On the 20th we will only devote ourselves to the construction and stitching of the Longstitch project – sample only.

On the 20th May we will do the following – Cutting and creating a small sample cover plus doing a sample pattern and stitching through the spine area.

Longstitch

Longstitch showing stitching at spine plus decoration

You will be cutting board to make a sample of the covers for your final book so you will need the following -

1/ Board to cut. Have a 1/4 piece of board, the grain direction will be marked. I have 1/4 board but you can share or use it for both the final Concertina and Longstitch book. Suggest the 2.4 board thickness.

2/ Cloth to cover boards – I will bring sufficient for our sample covers but you will need to get a piece of 1/2 meter Arbelave cloth for your actual book. Of course you may wish to share a colour and then only purchase a 1/4 meter each. Please have any orders through to me by Friday morning. Colours are displayed under Bookbinding Supplies on this blog.

I suggest Arbelave Buckram as it is easy to use and any excess PVA simply wipes off without staining.

3/ Have all that is necessary to cut board accurately – cutting mat, set square or ‘L’ square, Stanley knife and metal ruler.

4/ Have all that is necessary to sand board edges and apply the cloth – PVA, brush, piece of plastic, jar for water, chucks cloth and hand towel.

You can purchase sandpaper from the COFA shop – go for a fairly rough surface, about 180 or a little less.

We will also do a sample of the stitching for this final book so bring needles and awl with you plus a few sheets of A4 photocopy paper in order to work out the sewing pattern (pencil and ruler for this). I will have card and thread to use for this sample.

Any concerns please email me – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com

 

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Continuing with concertina design 29th April

Tunnel-book

Just to reinforce the need to show technical proficiency as well as a unified series of images that express your narrative in this your second project.

We made lots of samples but you need now to select the format you will work in and then design it carefully to form a unique art statement.

See you tomorrow – 29th April.

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Requirements for class 22nd April

Tunnel-book

We will make further samples but especially making the covers – these need to be perhaps shaped and decorated as well as correctly attached to the two ends of your construction. I must emphasize that the proficiency of this technical side of your work is paramount if you are to achieve a good pass. A creative content badly made is not an acceptable standard. I will show examples and demonstrate all steps so I hope I can have your full attention for this step.

We will also show you what is necessary to make a tunnel book and perhaps a carousel book – both interesting structures.

Then you can begin to work on what structure you want to use and  what demands this will make on your designing considerations and possible narrative.

As mentioned in the previous inclusion for this class you will need to bring the following -

Plastic sheet to protect your desk area where the water jar will sit. Container for water, PVA and bristle brush – round and perhaps flat.  Chucks cloths – good to use to clean your desk area before placing papers etc on. Scissors and your other bookbinding tools (cutting mat, knives etc). A glue stick would be helpful and perhaps a hand towel.

I will provide the papers and card, board etc necessary for your sample making – this week and perhaps also next week. You are to pay $5.00 for this material which will be cut to the sizes suitable for our samples. I think there are still some students to cover this cost with me.

A reminder – wear covered in shoes, have an old shirt or apron and that box for your tools – to keep on your desk

I look forward to our lesson this week.

 

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Oriental side stitched book to submit for marking

Although we are beginning to work on the second project you are probably still completing your first book.

There are a few points to check regarding this book -

Check the advice in your class notes. This is a card covered book so the covers will be flexible. They can have another layer of card,  fabric or other material to slightly stiffen but not be a hard (board strength) cover. The hinge is created by scoring with the bonefolder – a little way in from the stitching area.

A diagram for the basic stitching is one of the posts in your category in this blog. You can be more creative of course as shown in a number of examples we looked at but it must be secure without any gaping between the stitches and especially at the corners.

All the internal pages should fold over and lay down easily – not needing to be held down. This is achieved by using thin papers – not card. Be careful if you are adding collage areas that they keep to within the page dimensions leaving the hinge area a thinner paper therefore allowing it to turn over easily and stay open.

Content needs to show a narrative that progresses from one page to the next – the left side page is also part of the ‘story’ so needs to connect visually.

Shape, colour, tone, line and placement can link pages and form the ‘character’ or mood of your book. The cover and shape of the book sis the introduction to the book – not just a covering element.

Creative ideas are essential but the technical standard of the binding – covers, ability to open and close easily plus the easy turning of the pages will be judges and must be of a high standard.

I look forward to seeing your books on Wednesday. The room is yours from 2.00pm so set up your area with any samples you have to support your ideas. Make sure your name and number are clearly shown. I will see you there at 2.00pm of course.

Any last minute questions please email me – rosemarie@sydneybookbinding.com.

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Requirements for class 4 – 25th March

Tunnell-book

As we will be looking firstly at the various structure that come under the category of Concertina bindings we will not begin to design our final book.

We will make samples, understand how to create various concertina structures accurately. Then you can begin to work on what structure you want to use and  what demands this will make on your designing considerations and possible narrative.

You will need to bring the following – Plastic sheet to protect your desk area where the water jar will sit. Container of PVA and bristle brush – round and perhaps flat. Jar for water. Chucks cloths – good to use to clean your desk area before placing papers etc on. Scissors and your other bookbinding tools (cutting mat, knives etc). A glue stick would be helpful and perhaps a hand towel.

I will provide the papers and card, board etc necessary for your sample making – this week and perhaps also next week. You are to pay $5.00 for this material which will be cut to the sizes suitable for our samples.

A reminder – wear covered in shoes, have an old shirt or apron and that box for your tools – to keep on your desk

I look forward to our lesson this week.

 

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Sydney Bookbinding