Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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
Friday, 18 July 2014
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
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
Thursday, 19 June 2014
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.
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.
Front and back end papers and doublers. So close to being finished. Of course that means hours to go !
Friday, 13 June 2014
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.
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Sunday, 11 May 2014
Rounded and backed case binding
and book-cloth making
Section folding ☞ sewing ☞ rounding and backing
☞ secondry sewing ☞ and much more
Saturday 31st of May 2014
10 to 5
☞ One hour for lunch
Full cloth case binding in Kimono Fabric
Limited to 5 places.To book your place or for
more details please contact Studio 5 e-✉
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. This is a second edition with a signed tipped in plate signed by the author.
A Clockwork Orange is the scarifying autobiographical confession of Alex, a juvenile delinquent of the unspecified but very distant future, who tells the tale of his own criminal excesses and his 're-education' in the peculiar slang of his generation. It takes the reader to understand this expressive language called 'nasdat'; after he falls into the world of Alex.
A horror comedy, a fable of good and evil. Make of it what you will but for the faint hearted it is not.
I have wanted to bind iconic this book for ages and now feel ready to tackle it.
Halfway through the application of colour to the endpapers.
Dribbles of orange.
Front endpaper with a series of prints from a collage.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Starting with the back board and after collecting many, many letters.
Colour is the key.
Once the back board was taking shape I could start on the front board. All lino cuts have been hand coloured.
I feel that it can be important to link the various elements of the book design, that the front works with the back, the back with the spine etc.
Blake is known for his liking of Elvis Presley (The King) Hence the gold E.
Covered in 23½ C gold and distressed.
A hand dyed Scrabble board for the double hollow.
Now the hunt for the Y.