Vintage wedding set

1 Sep

This wedding set has a wonderful nostalgic feel: the bride had special memories of leafing through her own mother’s album when she was young and wanted something that would remind her of this whilst retaining a modern edge.

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The wedding set consists of a large album for general wedding photos and a Polaroid guestbook where guests fill it with photos and messages on the day. Both books are side hinged and come with custom-made slipcases to protect the books for future years.

The lace used matches the lace on the wedding invitations, tying eveything together. I sketched several different cover visualisations based on suggestions the couple had and then they chose their favourite design.

Butterfly leather wedding album

26 Aug

Here is a beautiful blue leather album I bound for a couple’s wedding day. I was given many mementos from the wedding decor including sashes, tables decorations, mass booklets and much more. I incorporated these different elements into the design of this special album.

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The soft leather wraps around the album pages and is fastened using a purple sash – which had been used to decorate the chairs at the wedding reception. I like the contrast between the shimmery purple material and the bold colour of the leather. The endpapers are hand-marbled by me using complementary colours that mimic the pattern of butterfly wings – a motif used throughout the wedding.

For the inside page, I hand-cut little butterflies and laid them out so that they look like they are flying across the pages. This ties in with the seating plan for the top table which I attached to the following page. Each page of the album has a glassine sheet. These protect each individual photo and prevents them from sticking to each other. They also add a very luxurious feel to the whole album.

In the centre of the album I have bound in the couple’s wedding booklet, removing the staples and thus preventing any rust deterioration in the future. The stitching along the spine is an altered darting stitch. I changed the layout of the holes so that they would mimic wings, tying in with the butterfly theme.

 

‘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.

 

Timeless guestbook

7 Apr

This wedding guestbook is a Secret Belgian binding – a style that has a distinctive thread pattern on the cover and around the spine of the book. The V shape formed by the thread is replicated by the pattern on the Art Deco coverpaper.

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The book is sewn in two separate sections: the primary sewing creates the textblock and the secondary sewing is used to bind the textblock to the cover. The client chose a luxurious cream paper which I tore by hand in order to create a deckled edge solidifying the handmade look of the book.

I wanted to create a slipcase that would not only protect the guestbook but also draw the whole design together. I had originally planned to use black bookcloth to cover the slipcase but it invoked an overly sombre tone. Instead I chose an off-white bookcloth that created an airy feel and served as a striking contrast to the black spine of the guestbook.

Wedding card book

23 Mar

This book contains a collection of wedding cards bound together as a keepsake. The highly-customised book is packed with special wishes from friends and family and is an original way of keeping these precious memories together.

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My client had saved many memorabilia from their wedding day – from the bridesmaid dress material, wedding ribbon to the wedding invite. Each of these details provided inspiration for me and were incorporated into the design of this unique book.

The red material which I used to line the inside of the white leather was spare material saved from the bridesmaid dresses. The vivid red creates a beautiful contrast against the white leather and other hints of this red are used throughout the binding.

This wedding was a winter wedding and the motif of a snowflake was used on the invitations. I embroidered this motif on the front of the cover tying in the winter theme once again.

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. 

Black and white wedding

21 Nov

The colour theme of this wedding was black and white. I found out that the bride’s favourite colour is green so we decided to add green accents to the wedding album set. On each end of the large album’s spine, I hand-stitched headbands using green and black thread. The green thread matched the ribbon perfectly and added another touch of colour to the album.

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The smaller album is a variation of a Japanese stitch. I used a wide green ribbon which gives a luxurious feel to the album.

Get the bunting out

11 Nov

For a recent commission I was asked to make a guest book, using the wedding invitation as inspiration. The invitations were quirky, giving me plenty to work with. The invitations – wrapped with a cream ribbon with a bunting pattern – had a lovely vintage feel, using letterpress-style type with an image of an old bicycle saying ‘We do’.

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I decided to use the patterned ribbon on the cover of the book as it really captures the playful nature of the invitation. I repeated the pattern of the bunting on the inside page, using brown paper cutouts. This introduced an element where the hand of the artist could be seen.