Most of the binders who work with us are binding books, but Nicky Oliver’s latest Incline Press binding starts with a single broadsheet. This beautiful blue folder encases an oversize broadsheet featuring a stanza on the Thames River from William Dunbar’s 16th-century poem To the City of London and illustrated with three wood engravings by Hellmuth Weissenborn.
Oliver describes her work on this binding as ‘an experiment, playing with dyes on the leather and seeing what happened when I distressed it.’ We love the way she managed to incorporate our single sheet into her folding vision of the river. Continue reading
Ali O’Brien a keen local photographer, and part-time lecturer in Photography at Bradford College, visited the workshop last Spring. She was particularly taken with the Arab, and the interrelationship between the work we do, and the prints on the walls–our inspiration! We have added some of the photos she took to our flickr site.
Designer binding for Water
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.
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.
Cuts of Craftworkers
Another one of Saturday’s Designer Binder Prize winners (winning for her beautiful binding of Le Grand Meaulnes), Nicki Oliver sent us these photos of her interpretation of Cuts of Craftworkers last Summer.
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.