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May 2007
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May 10, 2007

Thursday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 4:03 pm

Good  afternoon readers.

I def. wasn’t the main attraction at the school art festival yesterday. :) There was a glass worker and a wood turner that were demonstrating that had crowds of kids around them the whole time. The Origami guy was also popular because he was showing them how to fold shapes. I wasn’t prepared to have them doing any hands on items.  Next time I’ll have to have supplies for them to sew little pamphlets.

Here are a few photos of my display.

Demo setup

Demo setup

A site of note this afternoon…Traci, a new member of the Book Arts Forum, posted a link to this great tutorial on making a traditional book by Dave the Designer.

Also of note…an article on the bookbindery in Colonial Williamsburg with a nice little slideshow. I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to do for my birthday next week. Now I’m thinking I’d like to go up to CW and visit the bindery (it’s only 45 mins from here) and get some gingerbread cookies from the bakery…mmmmm.

I was cleaning off my bookshelves and found that I have two copies of The Bookbinder in Eighteenth-Century Williamsburg. One is fairly old and the other I got last time I was there. I think they print them in the print shop which is in front of the bindery. The first person to shoot me an email can have my extra copy. The extra copy is off to Kate in Idaho in the morning.

Bind on…

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May 9, 2007

It’s Wednesday…

Filed under: Client Books, Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:02 am

Goods morning readers.

I spent my time earlier this morning preparing for a demo at one of our local schools. There are a group of other artists besides myself that will demonstrating their craft to the student body from 12:30 until 2:30 pm. I felt like I was getting ready for the school science fair this morning since I decided to do a project board with information and photos. What’s up Murphy’s Law BTW? It seems to always take over the computer and slow it down to a crawl whenever I am in a hurry to get something done. 

I’ll have more to report when I return this afternoon. Until then I will leave you with a few photos of some custom weddings albums I did for a client a few years ago. (These are scans of the original photos that weren’t in the best of shape because they were on an old demo board that I used to use at shows and had to be cut off.)

 Custom Photo Album

Custom photo album

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May 8, 2007

Tues. morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:21 am

Good morning readers.

It’s still cold and wet here in Va. Beach but the gosh awful wind has died down a bit. I’m busy working on my forthcoming tutorial as well as a few client repairs.

For those of you who are local I am considering offering a few classes at my home studio. I will be offering a class on simple book repairs and also a class in traditional binding. Space will be very limited for both classes. If you are interested, please email me to get put on the list to be notified once I firm up the dates, etc.

If you haven’t been over to the forum recently, def. go over and check it out and please introduce yourself if you haven’t already. It’s still very quiet there but membership is picking up. We’ve surpassed the hundred member mark.

I’ll leave you with a link to the Handbound Books group over on Flickr for a little inspiration this morning. Some cool books to see there.

Have a great day.

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May 7, 2007

Monday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:33 am

Good morning readers.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It’s sunny here this morning but still cold and windy. Go figure…we had eighty some degree days in March and now we’re in the fifties and cold and it’s May.

A couple of sites worth checking out this morning: 

The Library of Congress Online Catalogue

Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University

I am in the process of updating my Gift Ideas for the Book Artist in Your Life page. If you have any suggestions please email me.

This morning I’ll be working on a reback of an old cookbook for a client and my latest tutorial.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 6, 2007

Sunday musings and coffee…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:00 am

Good morning readers.

Today in Virginia Beach it’s bright and sunny but also windy and a bit chilly. It’s also Sunday and the end of the week or…perhaps the beginning of the week for some. Sunday has always been a little bittersweet for me as, back in my “going to the office” days, it was the last day of my time at home to enjoy family and play with my art supplies and the beginning of my upcoming week “stuck” in a cubicle. I admire folks who go to an office to work everyday. I did it for over 25 years. I am thankful to now have the opportunity to work from home and do what I love.

A site of note this morning…fade theory. From the site: fade theory is a blog about books, inside and out: print culture, textual history, book arts, publishing news, reading and literacy, typography, and text-related design.

I’ve been surfing sites about book self publishing this morning as I’m close to publishing a book of my own. I’ve gone back and forth as to whether or not to offer it as a hard copy book or as a PDF. I will most likely go with the latter as it is in keeping with the idea of “going green” and it gets the information out to folks immediately after purchase.

I’m also toying with the idea of creating a few small videos to go along with my tutorials. Not that I want to see myself on tape but I think that a video would make the techniques even clearer to someone who is more of a visual learner.

Speaking of videos…for those of you interested in the Springback binding, I believe Peter Goodwin and Janette Heffernen will be stopping by the forum and will be answering any questions you have about his videos and the techniques presented in them.

Don’t forget that the Travel Journal challenge is going on now through the end of the month. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 5, 2007

Saturday morning musings…

Filed under: Mailbag, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:40 am

Good morning readers.

Last evening I got a nice note from Janette Heffernen who produced and filmed the Springback video I reviewed yesterday. For those interested in leather binding she mentions that the Atlas video shows a half bound leather book in full detail and that she is working on finishing up the edit on a full leather video as well. Also, for beginners she says that The Humble Paperback video “is possibly the best for beginners for it shows how to repair at home a paperback and a simple cloth book with and without equipment.” 

In keeping with the theme of my class this afternoon…I’m not sure if I mentioned this site before or not but if you’re looking for information on Japanese bindings you can find alot of good information here. There are good descriptions and illustrations of various bindings as well as some history.

I’d like to give a quick shout out to all you daily readers from Australia. Thanks for stopping by everyday.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 4, 2007

DVD Review: The Springback Ledger Binding

Filed under: Review — jackie @ 1:47 pm

This morning I got the DVD I ordered from CustomFlix. I have to say that turn around time is impressive as I ordered it Monday afternoon and I paid to have it sent regular mail instead of FedEx. The order form indicated that I would recieve it by May 17 so I def. wasn’t expecting to see it in my mailbox this morning.

If you’re not familiar with CustomFlix it is a site where folks who produce their own videos can sell them to the public. Basically they copy it and package it and ship it to the customer for you. The site is associated with Amazon.com.

Of course I had sit down and watch the whole thing instead of doing my work. :)

The DVD that I purchased is one in a series of DVD tutorials by New Zealand bookbinder Peter Goodwin. The DVD is entitled The Account Book. Here is the description from the site: In this DVD master bookbinder Peter Goodwin shows in detail how to make an account book or a ’springback’ ledger, as it is known in the trade. It is a style of binding that allows a book to lie flat so you can write right up to the margins. In olden times this was the usual binding for stationery books. Springback ledgers are the test of a bookbinder’s craft. This type of binding is considered challenging and is usually avoided by lesser mortals as “too hard.” However master bookbinder Peter Goodwin is well up to the task. As a young apprentice in Nottingham, Peter Goodwin and his master, “Harry”, turned out 300 of this type of binding every three weeks. With his no nonsense attitude Peter Goodwin shows how to make one of these difficult books. The secrets of the springback are revealed for all to admire. The split boards, the stippling, the tab and the springback tube are all tackled with skill and good humor.

What I loved about the DVD…I felt like I was right in the studio with Mr. Goodwin. That he was talking to me and I was getting a personal demonstration of how to do the binding. I loved that it wasn’t setup or rehearsed. It was fun to see him root around his messy desk for tools (like I do) and have lunch or a cup of coffee while waiting for things to dry.

A few small things that bothered me about the DVD…it was a bit shaky at times and some of the zoom- ins were fuzzy. There were times when the camera was focusing on Mr. Goodwin instead of what he was doing. The camera eventually panned to what he was working on.

I had read the online springback tutorial over on the Book Arts Web but still had a few questions about things that weren’t quite clear to me. I am one of those folks who has to see it being done or have the procedure worked out in my head before I start.  After watching the DVD I would feel very comfortable tackling a springback binding. I am excited as I also picked up a few binding tips from the film.

Is this a DVD I would reccommend for beginners? It’s def. not a tutorial for someone that has never bound a book before. There are parts that are skipped or gone over quickly as some familiarity with bookbinding on the part of the watcher is assumed. That doesn’t mean that a beginner shouldn’t purchase the DVD as it is def. worth watching even if you are new to binding as each step is clearly demonstrated and will be more understandable as you get some basic bookbinding skills and knowledge under your belt.

I know some of you will ask…the tutorial does not address the use of leather as a covering. Mr. Goodwin demostrates the techniques using bookcloth but there is no reason why you couldn’t use a thin leather instead of the bookcloth as the same basic procedure applies.

For those of you who have been itching to try your hand at making a springback book and are looking for a good basic tutorial I reccommend this tutorial as it will def. demystify the process for you and at $35.00 it’s a great value for the money.

I give this DVD tutorial Thumbs upThumbs up.

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Friday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:26 am

Good morning readers.

It’s cold, wet and dreary here in Virginia Beach this morning. It’s unfortunate that the weather is so icky as we have the Queen visiting our area this week. Today she will be about 45 mins away touring the Jamestown settlement. The Duke will be here locally touring a few sites in downtown Norfolk. Pretty cool huh? You can read about it here in our local newspaper.

Today I’m just catching up on things in the studio. I’ve got a book repair to finish and a class to prepare for.

For you local readers, there’s still room in my class tomm. at Jerry’s. We will be making the mini photo albums. The class runs from 1-4 pm and costs $55. You can register at the store the day of. If you haven’t signed up yet and are thinking about coming, please shoot me an email so that I have enough supplies on hand.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 3, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: General, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:31 am

Good morning readers.

A quick shout out to all you folks from Canada who stop by everyday to read my ramblings. Thanks for reading the blog so faithfully.

I found a few sites while out surfing yesterday that I thought you all might find interesting. If you haven’t checked out the bookbinding section over at Wikipedia you should. There’s lots of great information that’s starting to develop.

I found this article (this site has music so turn off your sound if you’re at work :) ) on a wonderfully intricate binding created by bookbinder Paul Tronson. There are some great photos of the book cover he has created for his Archangel Grimoire. There is also an interview with Paul.

Here is an interesting German site that show several examples of book repair. Even if you don’t read German the photos are pretty good at explaning what is going on. You can also translate the pages using Babel fish.

Those sites should keep you busy for a while. If anyone has a site that they think I should mention on the blog during my ramplings just shoot me an email and I’ll check it out.

As always, I hope everyone has a great day.

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May 2, 2007

Wednesday morning musings…

Filed under: Client Books, Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:41 am

Good morning readers…

I’ve noticed that there are a bunch of folks from the UK that are regular readers so I’d like to give a shout out to all you folks across the pond this morning. Thanks for stopping and checking out the blog everyday.

Yesterday after spending a good part of the day wrangling ducklings, I was able to finish up two albums that need to be delivered tomm. Both books are covered in Duponi silk. The smaller one is an 8″x8″ flushmount style guestbook and the larger one is a non sewn album binding. If anyone is familiar with the Shared Ink style books the binding is done in a similar fashion. I had to reverse engineer one of thier books a while back because I had setup some pages wrong and they weren’t printed right. Because I didn’t want my client to wait any longer for thier books I ended up using the cover but printing the new pages myself and needed it to be put together in the same way as the original. If anyone is interested in a step by step of the process let me know. I can work up a tutorial to post here.

 A few finished albums

For those of you who are not familiar with the flushmount style of album, the pages are not sewn but printed as individual spreads, then folded in half and glued back to back with the pages adjacent to it. I am in the process of finishing up a tutorial on how to make an album using this method.

Next Weds., along with a group of other artists, I’ll be demonstrating bookbinding at one of our local schools. There will be about 700 children checking out all the diff. styles of art. I’ve got a few cool tools that I can take as well as some interesting looking books they will like.

I’m off to work. I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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