I've been asked about the book illustrated at the head of my blog. I made this "slot book", which I believe was originated by John Wood, while at a week long workshop with Adele Outteridge and Wim de Vos at their Studio West End in January 2006. The book really does slot together, has folded covers, and is completely non-adhesive. The pages were torn with a palette knife which produced tiny curls. Wim, printmaker and perspex guru, made a perspex box for my little book to protect the curls. Studio West End is in Brisbane - 35 Mollison Street, West End, 4101, Queensland, Australia.
As a book binder trained in Sydney and Auckland, I am currently interested in drawing, print making, and all aspects of the artist’s book. My lifelong passions have always revolved around books, both making and reading, and natural history. From 1980 until retirement in 2004 (and later on contract)I worked in the Research Library of the Australian Museum and was privileged to work with the Rare Book Collection. My interest in the marine animals depicted in the 16th and 17th century natural history books has led to a series of hand made books I am working on, featuring my re-drawings of these animals. Wamberal, on the beautiful NSW Central Coast, is where I live and work, in easy reach of 7 beaches and lagoons.