The Binding Swap 2

Today’s post features four more books from the Binding Swap. (Previous post here.)

Barbara made tunnel books for the swap. Unlike many tunnel books, hers are designed to lie on their backs so that one is looking down on layers of autumn leaves, just as one might see them on the ground.

The card stock was paste decorated, using real leaves for the printing. You can find instructions for making tunnel books here and here. (The second one is an unusual variation by Ed Hutchins.) The ribbon and leaf shown in the first image are a pull for sliding the tunnel book out of the sleeve-style case.

Corry’s books were double concertinas with hard covers.

Her instructions came from The Handmade Book and the structure is based on a design by Sue Doggett. You can find instructions for an alternative version by Esther Kibby here, though it doesn’t have the vertical bars that permitted Corry to make her book quite tall. I have shown a close-up of the book open so that you can actually see some details in the decorative panel.

Small leather-bound codices with hand marbled end papers were Kristina’s contribution.

Kristina’s books were all bound with leather salvaged from used clothing. Here’s a close-up of the marbled paper in my copy.

Kristina provided her own step-by-step instructions, complete with colour photographs of every stage. You can find information on related instructions on iBookbinding.

Last up for this week is an Instant Book with Pockets by Leona Larsen. Each copy of her book was different, as she recycled maps and tourist brochures to make the copies.

The structure is a variation on the basic Instant Book, which is also called an eight-page book, a mini-zine, an origami book, a hot dog book, and other things.

Leona used the instructions in Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books, but you can find instructions for the basic book here. To add pockets, fold the paper in half lengthwise as usual, then fold in each long edge at least half an inch. Continue folding and cutting the book as usual. When the book is completed, the folds along the long edges will form the pockets.

In other book arts news:

My copy of W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design finally came and it is gorgeous! The book was funded through Kickstarter. Last April 22nd (2017), I got a confirmation email that the campaign had been successful.

At the bottom of the email, it said the following.

Knowing a bit about publishing, I looked at the date and laughed.  I figured it would be about a year.

Sure enough, the delivery date kept getting moved back. The team working on the book (which was written and designed by Bruce Kennett) were diligent in sending updates on how the process was going, so I periodically got emails with articles and pictures. As completion approached, the images got more and more exciting.

Checking the colour proofs:

Checking the page proofs:

Now the book has arrived (and in less than a year) and I am delighted. I was a fan of Dwiggins before, but had not realized the breadth of his contribution to 20th C. American design. Here are some pictures to give you a taste.

Apparently another run of the book is planned. You can find out more here.

In knitting news:

I finished the shawl that I can’t show until it is delivered. I will be washing and blocking it today or tomorrow.

I am finishing a blue wool scarf/shawl. It is mostly garter stitch at this point —I just started the lace pattern last night— so it isn’t worth a picture yet.

I did, however, get something done that I can show. I plied some of my silk noil singles yarn and washed and dried it to set the twist.

I have a recipient in mind for the scarf I will make with the silk.

Pictures of more things next week!

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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2 Responses to The Binding Swap 2

  1. lcmt says:

    More book envy!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Pingback: The Binding Swap 4 | Byopia Press

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