Book Binding

I’ve been working on a small Artist’s Book the last few days or so. The artwork is from an old sketchbook, an en plain air graphite sketch I did while holidaying on South Stradbroke Island, back in the early ninties. I had the sketch copied to acetate at the time for another project. A couple of years ago I used the acetate copy for a cyanotype. Here I have copied the acetate black line image onto rice paper. I’ve torn the paper to create a new concept.

I snapped this photo while I was contemplating whether to glue these pieces in this position or to the left. Choosing to the right. I am enjoying learning bookbinding techniques through the Domestika Online Course.

Having the iPad for watching, and replaying … and replaying :), the instructions has made it easier. I am surprised at the fine detail required for the different steps of professional bookbinding. The tape was hand-made as I wasn’t able to get Tyvek sheets. I dyed some fine cotton fabric with thinned acrylic paint (Burnt Umber, Ultramarine Blue, and white) to match the natural toned cardboards I’m using. Attached to the pages with double sided adhesive. All very fiddly but satisfying. This little book will be a concertina style with an environmental concept.

Artists’ Books

Are any of you doing a Domestika Online Course? I have started a Bookbinding course for my Artist Books projects.

The Feature Image for this Blog shows the Set of Ten Pelican Artist’s Books that I created in 1993 when I was studying for a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Fine Art at Queensland College of Art Griffith University. Two of the books were later purchased by the State Libraries of Queensland and Victoria.

To bind the books I used fishing line as this is a major hazard for pelicans along beaches and seaways. For the ‘past’ image in the Domestika link I used wool to bind the pages and lock the book. To me, the wool represented domesticity and there is a recurring theme of knitting. The book was a finalist in the Noosa International Artists Book competition in 2007. The theme for the exhibition was The Impossible Dream – my book title was The Perfect Wife.

Past, Present and Future

This first project this week asked for a little “About My Art”. What do you think? Click the image or here to view. The cover is Eco-dyed paper of fresh leaves, with dried leaves, cotton bow, stitching and paraffin.

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked in the media of Artists Books. I’m looking forward to learning new ways to present and bind my works. There are quite a few WIPs in my cupboard, and boxes of preciousness, gifts from nature, that I’ve been holding on to for a long time. I’ll keep you up to date with my actual tactile Artist Book as I move on from this first lesson.

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