Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Friday, May 20, 2011
Bookbinding Sewing Cradle Tutorial
2 pieces of book board that will form the main body of the cradle. Shown here are two 13"x 4.5" (33 x 11.4 cm) pieces.
|The book cloth isn't exactly centered here because I was ditzy. |
It won't be elegant, but it will work.
8. Slide each slit over an end piece/leg. Use an emory board or trim slightly to enlarge the slit if necessary (but be cautious--it should fit snugly). The V-shaped supports will hold up the cradle.
Your finished item will look something like this. You can take it apart for storage and travel.
I've made a couple of these for my own use. One is smaller than the other. That's the one I tend to use most, since I like to make small books.
Punch those sections with confidence.
This is my favorite hole punching tool--a pin vise. These actually come with different kinds of handles, including some that look like craft knives. You can attach a needle on the end of it, for nice holes that are smaller than those made with an awl.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
Workshop at Origin Design Lab
We will build upon the simple accordion fold to create various book forms. Learn the secret to making a perfectly folded book along with other tips and helpful tricks. You will leave the class with finished models and ideas for plenty more. The material fee will provide a basic kit to get you started, papers and printed instructions. No prior experience is necessary. These books require no special equipment aside from a few easily obtained tools and materials.
Fee: $70.00 + 15.00 materials fee ($5 for Book Arts Guild Members)
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Paper Chipmunk Taxidermy
|Hidden Clue by Sarah Wallace Scott at Abecedarian Gallery|
Needless to say, I was quite taken with this particular item, Hidden Clue by Sarah Wallace Scott. Says Sarah,
"In my process of working with paper I found that I could make faux taxidermy using only paper. The problem was that no one could tell the difference. I tore out the pages of a used book and started attaching them in the same way as the other paper to make a more obvious paper chipmunk..."Paper chipmunk taxidermy aside, I should add that there is work from quite a few interesting people in this show, including fellow blogger Anna Mavromatis (who has blogs about her book art as well as more ephemeral matters).
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Books in Capsules
However, I also thought it would be appropriate to have the "vending machine" be a handmade piece of the art. I have built a box that would be the perfect size, although, through trial and error, the dispensing mechanism has become increasingly simple until, in the latest incarnation, it is not more than a sloped drop down to a hole with a swinging door on it. The problem is, the @#$%! capsules tend to get stuck on the way down. I'm imagining the visiting public having to shake the box and shove their fingers up into the chute to unjam the capsules. Not quite the right idea. Alas.
they have them in Japan, where miniature books are popular. And there are places in the US with a similar idea.
(Thanks to artist Scott Blake for sending the last link. He, incidentally, helped bring an Art-o-mat vending machine to Omaha, Nebraska.)
Monday, April 4, 2011
Sohei Nishino Diorama Maps
|© Sohei Nishino, taken from NY Times.|
They were also mentioned in a January New York Times travel piece about maps and such in London.