Sunday, April 22, 2007

quarter bound


this one was bound for one of my classes, to demonstrate how to bind the style. it is bound on split boards, rather than being a case binding, and is a hollow backed book. i'm also responsible for the paste papers on the boards, which comes from the first time i'd made them...

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

an experiment...



this is an experimental binding, done primarily as an excuse to try out the headbands ( coptic ), which i had not done before...
this book has in- strap sewing, and the straps are recessed into the covers, as is the clasp. this took a bit of planning, but i'm really happy with the result. the marbled paper is by joan ajala, who does stunning work. the photography does not really do the colors justice... damn you, strange afternoon light...

another lyonnaise binding....


this is one of the most recent lyonnaise bindings i've completed. this one was done for a competition at a museum in adelaide... but no joy...
this style of binding is very old, and originally done as an account book, bound with blank pages. it opens very flat, allowing the accountant to write entries across the open pages.
for this reason, they also make good sketchbooks.
there is even one in a painting by hans holbein the younger, in his 1532 painting of 'georg gisze'. i was really excited when i saw it..

some more books...


hello again... today's post is of a coptic binding. i lined the fold of each section with the paper i used on the covers, so that there was a continuity between the front and back covers. i also added a clasp and 'button'. it's blank inside, and i made it as a sample in one of my lessons. really happy with this one...

Monday, March 12, 2007

three piece binding



this a variant of a full leather binding. instead of the book being covered in one piece of leather, the cover is made in seperate pieces: the 2 boards, and the spine. great for using smaller bits of leather, or using contrasting colors. this one has thin leather strips that were onlaid into blind tooled lines. the edges of the book block were also colored so that the design continues across the book from front to back

Monday, December 11, 2006

structure croisee / exposed sewing


hello again...
another book, this one with a limp cover...leather on the outside, suede on the inside...
more of a modern binding. this one was abit of an experiment... i sanded the leather
on the edges, which i hope will be visible enough in the photo...