Archive for September, 2008

Japanese Binding Kit and Tutorial

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

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Hot off the press! These kits have been in the works for some time now, and are finally ready to be revealed! Hopefully, they will provide the opportunity easily learn a few bindings. I am thinking that this would be a good start for a newbie book binder, and perhaps a step toward more involved projects. I started from scratch to create computer drawn illustrations as well as written instructions for four different Japanese Stab Bindings. In addition to all four tutorials each kit comes with hole punch templates, a collection of found papers, a special hand screen printed book plate page, waxed linen thread and a needle. Choose to make one of the bindings with the included supplies and once you get the hang of it, you can make the other bindings with different materials. Kits are available here in my Etsy shop. Happy binding!

500 Handmade Books

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

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Here is another “better late than never” post! I wanted to at least share a few pics from this newly published book of hand bound inspirations. 500 Handmade Books is filled to the brim with a huge variety of artists’ books and it seems like I see something new each time I look through it. Many of my favorite books are made with beautiful materials such as fibers and plant matter. A few of my own books are included as well (the first image below is one of them). If you need a little dose of inspiration, this book is definitely worth checking out! Take a peek at your local bookstore. You may even want to take one home with you. (It is available for purchase on the web at Amazon.com.)

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