An enjoyable workshop, one evening a week over three weeks, presenting an opportunity to improve and increase my bookmaking skills. Angela provided a wealth of samples of her small artists books which were a pleasure to hold and examine. She talked about the importance of identifying the grain of the paper and keeping it all in the same direction when sticking. This was news to me and definitely results in less warping. Paper and board tends to bend more easily on the grain. We concentrated on non-adhesive methods of bookbinding and over the three sessions were encouraged and supported to make a variety of small books.
Tips learned included glueing from the middle out, using a minimum amount of glue when sticking the book cloth or cover paper to the greyboard; working on a pile of glossy magazine paper when glueing and throwing away each piece after use so as not to contaminate any finished work; to sandwich cover between silicon paper under a heavy weight to dry; to fold from peak to trough when constructing a concertina book and to be accurate with measuring.
The workshop was thoroughly enjoyable, the process of assembling quality hand made papers and sewing the signatures an absolute joy.
A small pamphlet book:
a long stitch book with a soft cover:
a hard cover concertina book:
a soft covered book with tapes and coptic stitch which I chose to make with re-cycled envelopes:
and a hard covered book with coptic stitch and tapes:
Several of the books were constructed with scrap paper, next time my choices will be more discerning and measuring more careful and accurate.
Although I have a lovely text book with numerous examples and comprehensive instructions on how to make handmade books, learning by doing, with a tutor available to advise and check progress, is very effective and preferable to me.
The skills learned will definitely be used to assemble books of sketches/coursework for submission to my tutor but the whole process was so rewarding that I’m sure artists’ books will feature in my own practice in future.
http://www.angelathames.co.uk/ (Accessed on 25.10.2015)
Golden, Alisa (2010) Making Handmade Books Lark New York
http://www.ochreprintstudio.co.uk/ (Accessed on 25.10.2015)