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.

10 comments:

  1. ahhhhh carol - 'its a book' is my daughter's FAVOURITE book right now - it came with its own bag with 'its a book (bag)' printed on it...... she laughs and laughs and laughs all through the book (adding the 'its a book' line as required)

    ps I loved the links - I went off on a merry trip to all the vids listed near your link..... and what I realised is - boy oh boy there's a whole lot of dog-awful videos out there (and a few really wonderful ones..... I spied this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_SvlM-pWBE&feature=related which was the MOST amazing collection of booky gear EVER!).... but I suppose that's the nature of youtube (and blogs for that matter!) you get the good with the bad....

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  2. Just so you know, I love hand-made books!! So, bye-bye computer for a few days, I hope.

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  5. Great links Carol, thanks! Hey, if your computer gets a vacation, how about you? ;)

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  6. Carol,
    I loved your links and had the best time visiting them! Thank you!!! I hope your computer's vacation is not too long... I will miss you!

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  7. Hi Carol, I loved the Irma Boom film...wow. Thanks for the link, hope you get your computer back soon.
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  8. Thanks everyone, as Ronnie says, there are so many great booky videos out there and some truly dreadful ones, but luckily we can pick and choose.

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  9. Always something interesting here on your blog, have you seen this http://vimeo.com/7694315 if not I hope you enjoy!

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  10. "How to make 125 prints in a 1-bedroom apartment" - I loved it! Made me think of what I'd go through if and when we sell this house of ours. But that link just proved that you do what you have to do....no excuses! LOL

    Funny that your computer and mine were at the Doc's at the same time!

    xo

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