My friend, Nate Jackson, brought me some lovely Hanji when he traveled to Korea. I used some of it for the covers of these Coptic bound sketchbooks.
My wife's students in the Durham Academy junior class are using these for reflective journaling on their civil rights tour.
They are very simple -- inkjet printed covers and pamphlet stitch -- but Edith tells me that the kids like them.
Snow and ice kept me home for three days, so I made five more of these journals. Doing multiples like this helps me improve. I've figured out little things that make the work easier and the product better.
Leather and paper linings cut. The top three papaers are my own paste paper/print.
Six sheets of Nideggan paper torn down to size for the text.
And the final product:
I wish I were better at documenting my book arts journey. In fact, the more important and meaningful experiences are the hardest for me to write about. I struggle, often unsuccessfully, with a sort of fatal procrastination. The new year has brought a spate of "looking back" pieces, giving me a plausible excuse to offer some posts that I should have blogged about at the time, but failed.
In October, I took a two-day class with Karen Hanmer, offered by the Potomac Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers (of which I am a member), on the springback binding. The class was located in the conservation lab of the Folger Shakespeare Library and it was a privilege and a pleasure to work in that space. The learning was intense! I had never pared leather before, and didn't know until I signed up that that was one of the requisite skills. It certainly was a challenge to get those edges pared while stretching my other skills to learn this complex structure. Still, I had great fun, mostly because Karen is such a good teacher and the group was pleasant and supportive. The book I made is far from perfect, but I’m pleased with my first effort.
The Thursday before the weekend class, Karen gave a wonderful presentation about her work at the Library of Congress.
Below: Karen demonstrates a few of the steps.
And here is my finished book
A recent email from my mother-in-law included the phrase "bad mushroom," which made no sense and was clearly autocorrect at work -- the inspiration for #4 in the Autocorrect series of small blank books. That was today's project, the first of 2017. I ended 2016 with a couple of small journals covered with my own paste paper.
After some time away visiting my daughter for the holidays in Texas -- my first ever trip to the Lone Star State! -- I came home and made another limp leather journal. I really enjoy making these. The leather is from the Durham Scrap Exchange and the paste paper lining is my own. Text paper is Nideggen.
To the great pleasure of her family, my 92 year old mother-in-law is a very active email correspondent. Her emails are extra fun to read because she just taps along on her ipad and never reviews or corrects, leaving a message strewn with typos and autocorrect clangers. I have taken some of the more charming autocorrects and paired them with public domain images from the NY Public Library (What an extraordinary resource!) to create this new series of little blank books. My own paste paper. Key: short Mage was supposed to be "shortage" / years Cato, "years ago" / we haven't figures out small kvetch -- the best guess is "smart alecs."
In October, I attended a workshop led by Karen Hanmer, a wonderful book artist and a fine teacher. The two days were long and the learning was intense, but the other participants were fun, interesting and kind to a relative newcomer to bookbinding. Notably, this was my first experience of paring leather. While the book I completed is far from perfect, I am pleased with it as a first effort.
The leather for these journals came from the Durham Scrap Exchange. (I think the blue/green ones used to be a couch!) The triple chain sewing is presented in Keith Smith's Non-Adhesive Binding, volume II. The printed lining paper was wrapped around a purchase from the gift shop in the Louvre. The paste papers are my own. Text paper is Nideggan.
I went to the beach with my men's group a few weeks ago and did a little watercolor, with which I am pleased. I flatter myself that my sketching may be rising to level of "beach art!" In any case, I scanned it and used it for some blank books.