Friday, 17 October 2014

Monday, 13 October 2014

Cornell, holes and eyes.

Trying to get the correct balance of sand and speed for the front board has been more time than I imagined. The glass has been cut and the final stages of construction can begin.

The whole work is becoming hypnotic. The movement of the sand, the gentle sound and the the notion that the finished work/binding will never be the same is arresting.

Filming this is going to be fun.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Cornell, two holes and a corner.

After the working break in Tokyo back to the bench and Cornell.

Friday, 29 August 2014

Cornell, book binding with sand.


First trials with sand in the back board. It has gone beyond my expectations.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Monday, 4 August 2014



Cornell. Bookbinding with shadows. Front doublure, ladies in waiting.

The front doublure, first layer is the constellations then hand tinted images of the sun.

A hand coloured map of Paris.

Finally, a series of perspective bending ladies.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Cornell. Bookbinding with shadows. Colour and the back doubler.

Colour and texture to the boards, mixed media applied to create depth and layers. Words high-lighted others hidden.

Work now begins on the duoblres. First the back doubler, French text, the Mona Lisa.

Acrylic paint (rough worked)

Then removing layers. Still not complete but now my attention turns to the front doubler.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Cornell. Bookbinding with Shadows. Leather and covering.

After much sanding to smooth out the small lumps and bumps the spine and tail of the boards are leather bound.

The leather was then worked over with a 400 carbide paper and placed vertically in a finishing press.

When working with mixed media I prefer to have the book in a canvas like state. I can see all of the surfaces, how the relationship of the design to the book and the transition of the design in 360 degrees. 

Next is the layering of paper for the head and tail of the boards.

Though seemingly random, the paper is placed with considerable care.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Cornell. Bookbinding with shadows.

Cornell. Bookbinding with shadows. The boards have been attached with full aero linen along with the spine piece. This will be left to dry for a number of hours and then the sanding can begin.
 The forwarding process is critical to the finish of the book, get it wrong now and it will never be right.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Cornell. Bookbinding with shadows.

After a little searching I have found the cabinet for the Cornell book. 5 glass panels, doors that open... very Cornell.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Last night was the C L P E Award

Last night was the C L P E Award. A fine evening. The heat of the day radiated from the buildings and pavements around the revitalised Kings Cross area. Birds darted in the evening air and children played in the fountains. One of those perfect UK evenings that linger well past dusk.
Poets and other literary bods gathered at the House of Illustration, followed the Kings Cross Poetry Trail, chatted, listened to readings and drank Pimms.
The evening moved on with the sky moving through shades of pink, a hush fell and the speeches began. The usual thanks, ripples of claps and the knowing nods of agreement. Finally, Roger McGough took the stage........ The runner up.....Bookside Down by Joanne Limburg........ The winner of the 2014 C L P E Award goes to... Wayland, The Tale of the Smith from the Far North by Tony Mitton.

A Charming evening.

The presentation binding for Bookside Down.

The presentation binding for Wayland, bound in pewter with a swans feather.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Joseph Cornell, Bookbinding with shadows. End papers, edge decoration and prep for the end bands.

After sewing and rounding and backing Aero Linen is applied to the spine with adhesive and secondary sewing. The edges are sanded in preparation for the edge decoration.

The contrast of the finished edge decoration and the end papers highlights both.

Sections are flagged to the middle of the sections in readiness for the end banding. This will be in white silk over a laminated core of vellum and fairish goat.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Joseph Cornell. Shadowplay Eterniday.

One of my favourite artists.

End papers for Cornell.

This book promises to be something else. I just hope I can do it justice.

The paper has been hand dyed after the print work.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

A Clockwork Orange is finished.

From the outset A Clockwork Orange was never going to be a 'nice' binding. The text is so shocking, so powerful in the extremes of human kind. It begs for a visceral approach and use of materials trying to capture the distortion and fluidity of the sensations that the book evokes.

A Clockwork Orange, tick tock.

Leather joints are put in and the structure of the book begins to take on form. Perhaps now we can see how the outside of the book and the inside of the book begin to create a narrative.

The title is completed with hand tooled letters.

Tick Tock.

Front and back end papers and doublers. So close to being finished. Of course that means hours to go !

Friday, 13 June 2014

A Clockwork Orange. Work cracks on.

 The work now begins to traverse the boards, elements of the design  now flow.

Back board detail.

Old school techniques are sometimes employed to get the correct visual texture.

Nearly there I think. Well, for the time being.

 With Orange I am really wanting this not to be a 'nice' binding. The text is so shocking, so powerful in the extremes of the human nature. In places that it begs for a visceral approach and use of materials. I am trying to capture the distortion and fluidity of the sensations that the book evokes.