Karen Hanmer sent us this photo of the binding she designed for our book Water based on multiple water molecules. In Bound for Success, the catalogue accompanying the exhibition, she describes her work as: full blue goatskin, with inlays and onlays executed in a variety of techniques, and tooling in white gold leaf.
Monthly Archives: December 2009
The view from the workshop window shows the transformation of Oldham’s rainy streets into a winter wonderland. It is chilly at the press– the perfect day to sit upstairs in the warmth and begin working on our traditional booklet to greet the New Year.
Winner of the J Hewitt & Sons Prize at the Designer Binders 2009 Competition. Jeanette’s book will be exhibited At John Rylands Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester from 5 December 2009-31 January 2010 along with the other bindings in the competition.
Jeanette Koch, a Licentiate of Designer Binders, enjoys using exotic skins in her bindings. Her design for Urban Birds (out of print) uses black ostrich skin and natural goatskin, with multicoloured leather underlays, blind tooling, and multicoloured leather headbands. The top edge has been coloured with gouache. Inside the book has brown paper doublures, and speckled paper flyleaves decorated with coloured strips.
One of three shipments of paper received so far from John Purcell Paper that we will use in printing our new book by Jerry Cinamon on the German book artist, typographer, and type designer E R Weiss.
Stephen uses quarter pebble grain morocco with matching skiver onlays individually lettered and blind ruled. Hand-marbled paper sides and matching end papers add more colour to his copy of Cuts of Craftworkers. A matching slipcase protects the boards.
Jana Pullman is a book conservator, bookbinder and book artist. She is also proprietor of Western Slope Bindery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. On her blog, About the Binding, Jana has written a detailed account of designing and binding her copy of Water (out of print).
There, through text and illustration, she reveals her design process in great detail, including fore-edge painting, covering the boards, and foil stamping.