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Commercial Bindery in 1947

April 21, 2011

I recently discovered a new book arts blog, (I apologize for the name of the blog–I’m really not a fan. It did make me laugh when I learned that the blog author is from Ireland, though. I lived in Ireland for a year, and um… I heard that word a lot).

Anyway, today (confession time) I spent a good hour and a half going through the entire archive. She’s dug up a lot of fun and beautiful stuff, it was inspiring going through it. Maybe I’ll share some of my favorites later. For now, here is a fun video of a commercial bindery in 1947:

Coptic Binding with Oxidized Copper Plate Covers

April 11, 2011

My friend Kristin had her dad crimp and drill these plates for me years ago, and then we had fun oxidizing the plates in a bath of ammonia, sawdust and rock salt. The result was very pretty, if I do say so myself. This month, I _finally_ got around to making a book with the plates. I think the copper plates make beautiful covers. I’d like to play more with copper in my bindings.

(The book is available for sale at my Etsy Shop)

Even more on the Tongan Book Arts Project

April 6, 2011

Remember the Book Arts Collaboration in Tonga that I keep talking about?

The project officially has a title and website now, with beautiful studio photographs of the artists’ works: Manulua Bookart. Be sure to click over and check it out.

The show is already slated to exhibit in the UK, but if you’re aware of any galleries (anywhere!) that would be interested in exhibiting the show, please let us know.

Book Arts in Tonga Part 3: The Finished Books

April 5, 2011

At the end of the week-long workshop, we enjoyed a traditional Tongan feast and put out our finished (and our not-yet-finished) books for a bit of show and tell. (Some of us–me, cough– didn’t finish until after returning home, but here’s where we were at the end of the final day):

And here’s my finished book:

Book Arts in Tonga part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4

Joe is working to get some exhibitions of the show put together, hopefully internationally. I’ll keep you updated with what happens with the show.

Update: The project now has a website with studio photographs of much of the work: