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.
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.
The Springback Binding is from the 19th Century, used for guest books or accounting books.
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.
First Printed Book from the Press
I printed my first small book project on the Chandler and Price. This project was my first attempt at producing an editioned book.
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.
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.
Pedigree of a Vandercook Press
Pedigree of a Vandercook Press: Below are some photos of how my new Vandercook Universal III was carefully crated and shipped from the fine arts press of Stephen F. Austin State University. It arrives this Friday.