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‘Somatic Linguistics’ artist book

16 Apr

Here is an artist’s book ‘Somatic Linguistics’ which I bound for artist Shane Murphy for an exhibition held in The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin. The exhibition, on from April 14th – 20th, 2014, explores the process of home taping and the ideas that come with it. Each artist presented an artwork in the form of an audiocassette, accompanied by an artist’s book.

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This book explored issues of phenomenology using the writings of Merleau-Ponty. Fragments of his work are reproduced in braille and printed text, accompanied by tape drawings which investigate the gaps between sound and vision.

I worked closely with the artist in order to develop a binding style that would reflect and amplify the book’s theme. I incorporated various elements into the design e.g. using cassette tape reel to bind the book, whilst establishing a cohesive look and layout for the whole book.

 

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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’.

Purple themed album

28 Jan

This traditional casebound wedding album was custom-made to match the vibrant purple bridesmaid dresses that were worn at this couple’s wedding. The coverpaper is a Nepalese handmade paper that has a distinctive textured surface.

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In order to make this wedding album extra special, I handstitched matching headbands at the top and bottom of the album’s spine. These headbands will serve to protect the album whilst adding an extra hint of colour. I also added a secret message to the spine – hidden away forever!

The slipcase acts as a protector for the album, keeping the wedding photos protected inside the album, away from light and other possible damage. As always this wedding album is made from archival materials which are completely acid-free.

‘Recognition’ Artist book

4 Dec

I recently made an artist’s book called ‘Recognition’. It deals with themes of self-recognition and how one’s sense of self has changed rapidly since the advent of photography, in particular digital photography.

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This binding is called a drum leaf binding. It is a contemporary binding which allows the book to lie completely flat, allowing images to be read as a whole across two pages. It is ideal for artist’s books and also works well as a portfolio.

It was recently exhibited at the Temple Bar Gallery in Dublin as part of their annual Artist Book Fair. 

Something borrowed, something blue…

29 Jul

Here is a wedding album set I made for a summer wedding. I had been saving this beautiful indigo blue coverpaper for a special album and when I saw this couple’s wedding invite, I knew it would match perfectly!

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The paper has a slightly waxy feel to it as it is created using batik – a process where parts of the paper are blocked out using wax before dying the paper. When the dye has dried, the wax is removed, revealing the original paper colour – as the wax prevents the dye from penetrating the paper.

Retirement album

8 Dec

Here’s an album I made as a retirement present. I was given a selection of photos that I could use for the cover – the only instructions were to do something a little different than just putting a plain photo on the cover.

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I photographed the photos on a wooden background – something that added a little bit of texture but wasn’t too distracting at the same time.

This album is an accordion album which means that it has no spine and is made using a series of folds. This album can be displayed standing on a mantelpiece or used as a traditional album.

Blue Bloom album

16 Oct

Here is a wedding album I recently made. I bound it using a basic Japanese Stab stitch. There are many variations on this stitch but I love the simplicity of this style.

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The coverpaper is a handmade and handprinted paper with a delicate flower pattern. As the coverpaper was quite thin and slightly translucent, I glued a sheet of white paper to the cover before glueing the main paper, in order to give it strength.

Funky baby memory book

10 Oct

Here is a baby memory book that I made for a little boy called Gregory. I wanted to avoid the traditional ‘blue for a boy, pink for a girl’ colour coding, so I chose a funky grey floral paper that had an unusual combination of pattern and colour.

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The details about the baby are filled in on the righthand side of the page and a photograph can be stuck in on the lefthand side. This book is a highly personalised gift with the baby’s name used throughout the memory book.

Nostalgic accordion album

27 Sep

I made this album as a present for my parents-in-law. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and had a party to celebrate. My partner was taking the photographs for the day, so I thought it would be nice if I made an album for the photos.

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The image on the cover is a photograph I took of their old wedding album which they had on display. I printed the image using sepia and grainy effects. Then I drew onto the image with silver pen and reprinted it. This process gave it a vintage look that suits a 50th wedding anniversary!

Slate pink wedding set

11 Sep

Here is a wedding set that I made recently. It consists of a medium accordion album, an extra large Japanese bound album and a Secret Belgian bound guest book. The colour theme of the wedding was pink and slate grey so I thought that this modern polka-dotted paper contrasted with the grey bookcloth would suit.

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I also found a polka-dotted grey ribbon that I couldn’t resist using on one of the albums – making a very polka-polka dotted album!