Sunday, 7 November 2010

It's a book

This is not a book. It's a hippeastrum. I just wanted a cheerful photo to start off this wordy post.

It's a book is a video I tried to upload but obviously haven't yet mastered the trick. I don't want to swamp you with things to look at but my computer is going away for a few days and I'm not sure when I'll be back here. So I have a few more links for you that I've enjoyed, or found interesting or been bemused by.

I was interested and bemused by Irma Boom's absolute dislike of hand made books. She apparently hates them. Each to their own of course.

Here is an interesting video on traditional bookbinding. Hmm... I can hear my two very traditional binding teachers spluttering in shock. I was never taught to put on a leather binding like this but I know that this is a quick and relatively easy way to make a leather covered case binding. Sawn-in cords, false bands, trimmed edges. Again, each to their own. Having worked for many years with rare books I have had many occasions to curse the bookbinders, both ancient and modern, who in rebinding trimmed great swathes of foredge, head, and tail from books, often cutting into text and illustrations. There are even instances of spines being hacked off and the text block held together with the sawn-in cords, over-stitching and glue. However, I think there are things to learn from this video and I'm going to try it, just because I can; so watch this space.

Meadow Press has a nice set of photos of making an edition of paste papers. Go to the second item down on the left hand bar. Every time I see pictures of paste papers I long to get my hands into paint.

The University of Iowa has a collection of bookbinding models, covering African, Monastic, Medieval and Modern. This is a wonderful site with excellent illustrations. I found all these sites through the Book Arts Web, a brilliant source of everything to do with book and paper arts.

And this is a photo of native orchids in my garden. I hope you found something of interest in the links. I'll be back when my computer's holiday is over.