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Golden bird artist’s journal

28 Feb

A short while ago, I was asked to create an artist’s journal that had a vintage feel whilst avoiding looking too traditional. After discussing several different ideas, he chose a Japanese binding with heavy velvety paper with a hand-ripped edge.

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At the start, the client was torn between several papers but I think he made a good choice with the beautiful green paper who’s golden birds give the book a slightly whimsical feel. This journal was made to accommodate the addition of extra photos and other memorabilia – a scrapbook of sorts. This was enabled by adding several spacers along the spine of the binding.

I particularly like the inscription ‘Lee Lee Angels’ – it seems to match the quaint quality of this journal. I experimented with several different fonts before choosing one called ‘Free Booter Script’.

Large Leporello albums

8 May

I have recently starting making Leporello albums using huge pieces of heavy-weight Fabriano paper. These albums have no spine, folding out like an accordion.

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Photos can be glued to both sides of the page and it can also be used as a photo display case, on top of a shelf or mantelpiece. For the covers, I used pages from an old 1930s logbook and a 1970s book on mapping.

Enclosed Accordion book workshop

7 Dec

The other day I did a skillshare workshop as part of a weekly art club I attend. For the workshop, I showed a variety of books I have made and then we each made an enclosed accordion book.

This is a simple book to make as it does not require any binding with thread. Nevertheless it is nice and sturdy because of its hardback cover.

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I have included instructions on how to make this book – feel free to ask me any questions if anything is unclear!

DIY Accordion book workshop

2 Aug

In July 2011, I gave a workshop in ‘Binding without thread’. This workshop focused on simple, sewing-free methods of book binding. The particpants made beautiful books with an emphasis on using recycled materials and figuring out alternative ways of making this style of book.

As it was such a sunny day, we did the workshop outside in my back garden – so everybody got a book and a tan that day! Below are the instructions for this complete book, along with a few pictures of the workshop.

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The group were really creative and some used drawings that they had made for the covers. Another participant used cassette tape to fasten the book, tying in with the image on his cover of a cinema and TV.

Secret Belgian binding

26 Jul

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I finally have figured out how to make a Secret Belgian binding using a mixture of these instructions and these useful tips. Thank you fellow binders for sharing them!

If you would like to make this book using these online instructions but with different measurements, here are the ones I used:

Coverboards = height of textblock + 0.4 cms, width of textblock + 0.2 cms;

Spine = height of textblock + 0.4 cms, width of spine pressed down tight + 1 bookboard width (0.3 cms?)

This binding dates from the 14th – 16th centuries and was rediscovered by Hedi Kyle, who figured out how it was done. This book is for sale in my online shop – Milis Books on Dawanda.

Walking journal

4 Jan

Recently I was asked to make a book that would be used as a diary to record walks taken. The person is an avid walker who wished to keep a journal of routes taken and points of interest on the walks after he has finished his journey.

I decided to make a ‘bible-style’ book and to include a map of the West of Ireland, where pretty much all the walks were taken. The book is quite large and hopefully will record all his walks for a long time to come!

The two circular images on the cover are maps of star constellations; one for the Northern Hemisphere and one for the Southern Hemisphere – handy if he ever gets lost on a walk at night…

 

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I was originally going to include a series of Ordance Survey maps that had detailed sections of the area but I figured that he probably had these maps already and that a map covering a larger area would work better. I found a map of the whole west of Ireland area which was much more suited to the journal’s function.

I re-folded the map to suit the size of the book. It folds out to twice the width shown in this photograph. The inscription on the first page reads ‘I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me’.