Tag Archives: handmade books

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’.

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Baby birthday card book

1 Nov

This book contains a collection of a baby’s birthday cards. A lot of the time, these cards remain in a box or bottom of a drawer, some inevitably getting lost along the way.

I bound these cards together using a medieval style of limp leather binding. This style of binding has been used since the 14th century and was particularly popular with members of the clergy and travelling journeymen.

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I have strengthened each card along its spine to ensure the stability of the book. The end paper – lining the leather and making up the first and last page – is a thick handmade paper from Nepal. It has a beautiful velvety texture with real leaves forming part of the paper.

Classic guest book

9 Aug

Here is a wedding guestbook I made recently for a client in England. She was looking for a unique customised guest book that had a classic feel but wanted to avoid the usual white guest book. After looking through my cover papers, she chose the Inky Blue Flowers paper which has a rich and slightly antique quality.

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This guest book is a traditional case bound book. As the colour scheme for their wedding was pale blue with silver and plum accents, I chose complementary end papers and book cloth to suit these colours and the cover paper.

President Michael D. Higgins presented with one of my books

16 Dec

President Michael D. Higgins visited the F2 Centre in Fatima, Dublin 8 to launch ‘A Local Imagine Nation – An Arts Plan for Rialto’ on 8th of December 2011. During his visit, he was presented with one of the series of books I made for the F2 centre – I was really delighted!

This book is a twisted accordion book made with 300 gsm white paper. The butterfly on the cover is Fatima’s symbol for its regeneration.

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It was suggested that, as he is a poet, he could use this blank book to write his poetry in. I hope he gets good use out of it!

If you would like to see a video of this visit, check out this website.

Art Deco wedding album set

19 Aug

I was asked to make this wedding set (guest book and 2 albums) for a couple who like a minimalistic style. When I heard that their wedding colours were black and white, I instantly thought of using this paper.

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The guest book is a Secret Belgian binding – my new favourite! I thought that this style would really compliment the paper pattern. I have included some photos of this book in progress, to give you an idea of how it is made.

The large album is a Japanese Stab stitch album. It also has an inscription on the front page ‘I am convinced that to live is to travel to the world’s end’. This quote was chosen because the couple meet while working in a bar called ‘World’s End’. The smaller album is a traditional case bound book. I used the black book cloth in a way that mimics the paper pattern. Each of the albums have black paper inside, making a nice contrast with the coverpaper.

Architecture Portfolio

25 Feb

This side-bound book was made to showcase an architect’s portfolio. I worked in close conjunction with the architect to produce a minimalistic cover that complemented the portfolio’s subtle design.

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The cross on the cover mirrors the crosshairs featured throughout the text block’s design. I also fitted two extra spacer lengths along the spine of the book. When the architect wishes to add more pages to his portfolio, he can remove the spacers, thus creating extra space for pages.

Memory book

27 Jan

This is a book I made as a 30th birthday present for my friend Clare. A call was put out amongst her friends for any old photos, memorabilia or stories about her. There was a great response and soon I had a wonderful collection of stories, old postcards, photos, ticket stubs, school yearbook clippings and lots more.

 

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I bound the book using a Coptic stitch and used extra boards parallel to the spine to compensate for the thickness of the photos and other things being stuck in on the pages.

For the collage cover, I used a mixture of colours that I associate with Clare, contrasted with red faux leather. I typed her name using an old typewriter, giving it a nostalgic feel.

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’.

Red Fox Press

22 Sep

Last week, I visited Francis Van Maele from the Red Fox Studios on Achill Island. It was a typical day weatherwise for the west of Ireland – damp, misty and windy – the perfect weather for going to Achill!  After a two-hour drive dodging sheep, I reached the cottage studio which is situated on the northern tip of the island, looking out onto the Altantic.

Here Francis and his friend Anticham have a bookshop selling the many artist books that they produce together. Themes of these books range from photos of salt & pepper mills to homages to Fluxus artists, from found childhood photos of car registation plates to visual poetry books.

Most of the books are screenprinted using oil-based inks which results in beautifully rich colours and others are digitally printed. All of the books are skilfully bound, experimenting with unusual bindings and materials.

I could have spent a week there looking through all the amazing books on display! Their bookshop is also online but if you happen to be passing through Achill Island, I’d definitely recommend calling in.