Update.

Just updating a bit, there’s a bit of a pause on bookmaking since I’m rushing to get things done.

The MA students rented out a space in the Preston Guild Hall to put up a week long show. Private view next Thursday. I’m installing my piece next week, hopefully all will be well. I’ll post a blog with pictures next week.

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Also I went to Ratchford this week, it was just amazing. It’s a book art supply place and they have just everything you can think of; leather, book clothes, threads, tools, etc. etc. I’ve ordered from them before but it was online so you don’t get to feel the material and see the actual colors. Seeing them in person is so much better and you get great customer service at Ratchford!


Adorable.

Ratchford info:

http://www.ratchford.co.uk/
Kennedy Way, Green Lane,
Stockport, Cheshire.
SK4 2JX

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Just having fun in the studio. Leaving my mark on the flapper.

Latest stone. The darkest part is a mix of asphaltum, noir a monter, and white spirit which will print out smooth and flat.

Will etch it next week hopefully…

First book fair experience: Leeds Artists Book Fair

I’ve never been to an artist book fair before so it was really eye opening and I hope to go to more book fairs in the future, especially if this is what I want to do.


The table is technically for the Drawing and Image making group but they have graciously let me to tag along with them and share their table. Originally I wasn’t going to bring anything so I wasn’t planning on selling but since it is a good platform to exhibit your work, I made an one-off of my character book with different prints.


My book with information and business cards! The book wasn’t sold but I considered it a success when a lot of my cards were taken, people seemed to love the embossing!

Unfortunately I didn’t really take pictures of the fair since it’d be kind of rude? Not sure on the etiquette for taking pictures of other people’s work, but some of the books I saw there are just absolutely breath taking. I’m really inspired and pumped for the Bristol book fair now. Just need to make a lot more books! Lots of ideas, not enough time!

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The one-off book in detail.


Different covers, different pages. Since the original piece is part of a series of a conceptional piece. This one is a stand alone of memories, uncertainty, and ambiguity. Great achievement when people ask ‘is this a book?’ Yes, yes it is.

Clovelly – Sightseeing in England!

I never posted these pictures on here, and I figured I should since it’s such a beautiful village. I went to Clovelly around Christmas time where it was cold and wet but I hear it’s extremely lovely during summer time. Clovelly is a steep cobble-stoned village where they don’t allow cars on the main road. It was off season when I visited, obviously since it’s cold, so a lot of the shops/craft workshops/galleries were not open. Apparently there usually are donkeys transporting goods but we didn’t see any of them.

Here’s the village’s website if you want more information.




Kitty cat!












They transport their goods in a sled, it’s adorable.






CREAM TEA! One of the best thing in England (well, Devon?) Clotted cream + jam on scone.

One Book A Week: Codex with Sewn Headbands, Square Flexagon. Business Cards.

This one book a week post is going to have two books since the codex was supposed to be last week’s. I did start it last week but I didn’t finish it until this week. Too much drying and pressing and I got other work to do. Anyways. Here’s the codex:

I’ve done codex before but it was a while ago so I wanted to refresh my memory and actually try sewing the headband myself.

Here’s a great tutorial with step by step on how to sew headbands.


Pre-sewn headbands with tape, which I shouldn’t have taped until later but plahhh, so please don’t follow these instructions. I don’t know why I’m posting my steps now… but here they are. How not to bind a book:


Sewn headbands.


Pressing, gluing. Sorry for cell phone pictures.


Gluing mull.

Forgot to take casing photos and attaching end sheets… I’m terrible at documenting, my apologies.


The finished book. I went with velvet again… I’m totally in love with this fabric, I can’t bring myself to use other book cloths now.


Book is roughly 12 x 15.5 x 3.5 cm.

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The one book for this week: square flexagon!

I used an old scrap print to make the flexagon, this book wasn’t really planned but it kind of works as a fun flexagon, also because it was a litho print (takes ages to dry) so the fun part is your hands turns black after you play with it.

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Business cards!

I made some business cards for the Leeds and Bristol book fairs. I wanted to print my own, since I’m a printmaker… but that proves to be time consuming. I only ended up with 58 cards until I gave up but that should be enough for the two fairs. Litho printed with embossing, embossing is always hard to photograph.


Each card has an unique back design since they were all printed on prints. I numbered each of them, it’ll almost be like an unique collectible (almost but not really).


Close up.


One front and back.


Also made a simple business card holder… with velvet again.

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Sneak peek of what I will be slaving over the next few weeks… (besides my coursework)


I got 160 pages of these babies to cut through and bind into 10 editions of the Berlin zines! The plan is to finish them in time for the Bristol book fair.