Monday 28 September 2009

The Lives Of Gallant Ladies.

Now that the final sanding has been done to the boards and spine of the book I can turn my attention to the leather.
The skin was split to 0.6 mm with the turn-ins pared down to 0.4 mm.

The design has been hand dyed with spirit dye applied with a small brush. There is still more to be done but this is the base or foundation design. Being a two volume edition the 2nd volume will be different. So far, so good. I particularly enjoy seeing the brush strokes, the painterly quality lends depth and movement.

Tuesday 15 September 2009

The Diary of a Philip Pullman binder

The new blog is now on line, please follow the links.

Friday 11 September 2009

Diary of a Philip Pullman Binder.

Coming soon, a blog site dedicated to the Binding of a Philip Pullman book 'A Outrance'

Tuesday 8 September 2009

At last, the Pestival at the Royal Festival Hall.

After months of work, the making of books, the burying and eating of books and the subtle care and sympathetic restoration of what was left, the books make their way to the Royal Festival Hall. For some time I had been working out the display based on the dimensions of the display plinths given to me by the R F H people. Of course when I arrived I did not have the same plinths..... However with a bit of know-how and double sided tape it all came together.

Images of the insect eaten books, many thanks to Amoret at the NHM.
The pages have been reduced to the finest of laces. The light and texture create wonderful images within the paper and the text block.

The decayed book before the plinth was put in place.

Know-how and double sided tape.