This fall, I traveled for the first time since the pandemic. So, naturally, I turned the trip into another book-related exploration. I was fortunate to be in Oxford during three significant book-related exhibits: the International Designer Bookbinders Exhibit, the Bodleian's exhibit entitled Sensational Books focusing on the senses that are evoked through reading books, and the Ashmolean's exhibit on the Pre-Raphaelite artists, including their book illustrations.
Festina Lente (or Wrapping up 2022)
I spent the last months of 2022 making slow but steady progress. First, I'm collaborating with a talented wood engraver, Keith Cranmer, for the publication of a fine press, limited edition book. I've had the manuscript of the book for almost a year now. Keith will be creating around 25 illustrations for the story, some will be line drawings and others will be wood engravings.
The Pennyroyal Press Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass w/Barry Moser Engravings
These are photos of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, printed at Pennyroyal Press in 1982 with wood engravings by Barry Moser. Bookbinder Philip Smith completed the forwarding of these two fine press books over in the U.K., but the binding was not completed before his death. He made a notation on the colophon at the back of both regarding when he had started the forwarding of the books.
Photo Details from Forwarding the Book
These are photo details from sewing and forwarding the book. There is a significant difference between making one or two design bindings and creating the same binding multiple times for a limited edition binding.
Completed printing of A Curmudgeon
Last month, I finished printing my latest book project on Rives BFK paper on my Vandercook Universal III in the studio. There will be 25 copies of this limited edition. Below are pictures of the process of printing and folding the signatures.
Book Project #2: A tale of a curmudgeon
My current book project is a short story I wrote in 14 vignettes. I'm printing this project on the Vandercook Universal III.
Progress During the Pandemic
The pandemic has come with some unusual changes in routine that have had many benefits in terms of making progress on my first book project.
Quarter Leather Binding Class
Over the holidays I took a course at the San Francisco Center for the Book with teacher Juliayn Coleman to create a quarter leather binding.
Update on the Print Studio & Bindery
The rainy season in the Bay Area has slowed down construction of the house and the studios temporarily. However, the first phase of the cabinetry was installed in the upstairs print studio last week.
Polymer Plate Making for Letterpress
This month I completed the Polymer Plate classes taught by book artist, Lars Kim, at the San Francisco Center for the Book.