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March 7, 2007

Just for fun…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 6:06 pm

I thought I’d post a few photos of me plying my trade at a local art show back in the late nineties. Sorry about the really bad scans. I desperately need a new scanner.

Stockley Gardens Art show 2  Stockly Gardens Art Show 1  Stockley Gardens Art Show 3

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March 6, 2007

Interview with John Michael Cooper…

Filed under: Interview — jackie @ 7:14 pm

Photographer John Michael Cooper has been making his own custom boxes and albums for over 8 years. John started making his own boxes because he liked the boxes that some of the album companies were producing at the time but wanted something a little more custom designed. John says that he liked the boxes with mats that were being offered by one company but liked the cover materials that were being offered by another.  When he approached the companies about making boxes and mats to his specifications, they either told him it wasn’t possible or they couldn’t do it. So John bought a box that was closest to what he was looking for from one of the companies and remade the mats to go inside.

John says that after he made the mats he figured that he could make his own boxes. Although his first attempt wasn’t beautiful, it was functional.  John figured with a little tweaking he could make his boxes exactly as he wanted. This got him to thinking that if he could make his own boxes “how hard could albums be?�

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Filed under: General — jackie @ 11:50 am

Good morning all.

I am busy working on the next two interviews for your reading pleasure. In the mean time,  I just wanted to stop in and point you in the direction of a few web finds that I came upon yesterday.

One is this nice little tutorial for matchbook notebooks. I was actually going to write one up on how I make mine but someone on another blog posted a link this one which is very similar to how I make mine.

If you get a chance def. visit this page for an exhibit of some of the artist books that are in the collection at the Kohler Art Library at the University of Wisconsin.  From the introduction…”The Kohler Art Library has been acquiring artists’ books since the early 1970s and there are now over 650 titles in the collection. Considered one of the finest and largest repositories of its kind in the country, the Kohler’s collection includes a broad range of creative work from over 150 presses and artists located around the world.”

Here is another online artist book exhibit from The University of Delaware Library. “The books in this exhibition come from the University of Delaware Special Collections which has major holdings in the field of history of books and printing. These collections include not only books, but also manuscript collections of small presses. Special Collections has been actively acquiring contemporary fine press and artists’ books for more than twenty years including many works published by Granary Press, Janus Press, Nexus Press, Gehenna Press, and Women’s Studio Workshop.”

Lots of great inspiration at both of the above sites.

Don’t forget to get your entry in for the first prize drawing this Friday.

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March 5, 2007

Still celebrating…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:10 am

Good morning dear readers.

Welcome to the second week of our month long anniversary celebration.

Here’s a sneak peak at the happenings that we’ll have around here this week. Weds. we have an interview with photographer and book maker John Michael Cooper. Friday we have our first weekly prize drawing. To get your name in the drawing all you have to do is send me an email, comment on a post here or upload a photo of one of your handmade books to the Flickr site. Don’t miss out.

I’ve also got a few new tutorials in the works. Hopefully I’ll have something to share with you all by the end of the week. (I’ve been told that I need to get my taxes done before I do anything else this week.)

While I was out yesterday I did a little surfing and came upon a few sites of interest.

Japonisme has some great posts with photos of French leather bindings from the early 20th century. Here is a post and also here. Lots of nice eye candy on the site. Especially if you like Art Nouveau. Here is the Wikapedia definition of Japonisme

If you can stand any more eye candy this morning, check out this site by book artist Kel Flowers. She creates some beautiful books.

I hope everyone has an awesome day!

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March 3, 2007

Saturday morning surf report…

Filed under: Surfs Up — jackie @ 8:51 am

Good morning surfers. I hope everyone had an excellent week.

I’ve got some great information and sites for you to check out this morning so grab some coffee and let’s get surfin!

First up is J Hewitt & Sons Ltd. These folks sell some of the best leathers in the business for bookbinding. Their site offers tools and supplies as well as lots of links and information. Stay tuned for our anniversary week three interview with these folks.

Some of my readers have asked about the templates and paints that I got at the quilt show that are used for making the fabric rubbings. Here is a link to basic instructions on how to create the rubbings. You can get the leaf rubbing plates here and the Shiva Art Sticks here . For the paints you can try your local art supply store. Our Jerry’s Artarama store has all the colors at a great price and for the next week you can download a coupon from their site and get a discount on your purchase. For the rubbing plates check your local Parent Teacher or educational stores. They might have them there. I will check ours this week and report back. I will be doing an article on my experiments with these so stay tuned.

If you haven’t already been there you def. need to check out the Book Arts Web. Maintained by Peter D. Verheyen “the Book Arts Web which features links to a large selection of book arts related sites on the web, including educational opportunities, professional organizations, tutorials, reference materials, and galleries with images.” This is a site you could get lost in for hours.

That’s it for today. If anyone has any suggestions for sites that you think should be included in our weekly surf reports please send me an email and let me know.

I hope everyone has a great day.

Surf’s up!

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March 2, 2007

Day 2…

Filed under: General — jackie @ 7:57 am

Good morning all.

The first day of the birthday celebration was a success. We had over 300 visitors to this little site yesterday.

I hope everyone that visited enjoyed the interview with Keith Smith. I just want to thank him again for being kind enough to answer my questions and send along the great photos of his work to go along with his answers.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting an interview with photographer John Michael Cooper who makes his own unique custom books and albums for his clients. I will also have an interview with David Lanning and Roger Barlee of J. Hewitt & Sons, Ltd. These are the fellows that produce that yummy bookbinding leather that we all dream about using on our books. Stay tuned.

Please don’t be shy about commenting or shooting me an email to sign up for the prize drawings. Even though we had so many folks stop by yesterday only a handful of people signed up.  Also, I know I’ve had some international visitors. Please say hi and let me know where you are from.

Don’t forget I have a flickr group set up for you all to show off your books. Please feel free to post works in progress as well as finished works.

Got a suggestion about what you’d like to see on this site? Shoot me an email and let me know. 

Just a quick note for anyone who lives in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, please check out my class schedule regularly as I’ve got a few new classes coming up and will be posting info on them when I get the dates finalized.

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March 1, 2007

Interview with Keith Smith

Filed under: Interview — jackie @ 12:26 am

In 1967 book artist Keith Smith created Book One. Since then he has created over 200 unique books, most of which have been seen by very few people.

Besides his one of a kind books Keith has written several textbooks on bookbinding. Most people know Keith through his Book 128, Non Adhesive Binding, Volume 1, Books Without Paste or Glue. First published in 1990, Non Adhesive Binding is his best selling book. You’d be hard pressed to find a book artist that doesn’t have a copy of this book on their shelf.

Recently Keith was gracious enough to answer a few questions about himself and his art.

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