Books by hand

books by hand

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

After spending a lot of the last couple of days cleaning and organizing, I needed a break this morning and have returned to an old project. Earlier, when taking a workshop in Japanese bookbinding (Gallery Shibui), I made a cover (to hold 3 books) and one actual book. I started a second and it has probably been nearly a year (or maybe more) since I’ve really looked at it (to finish).

So this morning, I got reacquainted with the tools and materials (glue, brushes, mat knife & paper). I referenced my book on bookbinding and got a start on finishing this second book. I really am rusty and have forgotten a lot of the technique. My old notes were also disappointingly inadequate. I have however, made some good progress and look forward to completing the project. I have other ideas calling.

I also have an opportunity to show with my critique group at the end of the month, and the subject is books. I don’t know whether I’ll submit this project or do another one, but I have a little time to ponder all of this and play.


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