Tuesday 29 January 2013

Designer Bookbinders Lecture.

The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1
Nearest underground stations: Holborn and Russell Square
Admission: DB members & full time students £5, non-members £7, per lecture
Further details from Mark Cockram: 0208 563 2158 / studio5bookarts@aol.co.uk
WILLEM de BRUIJN Tuesday 5th February 2013  6.30pm

This evening’s illustrated lecture will concentrate on Willem’s research into (and work on) decorative endpapers. As librarian of the Arcadian Library, Willem is able to combine his interest in making with access to rare historical material and will aim to highlight some decorative endpapers that he considers of special interest in this unique collection. He will also talk about the way in which this research feeds into his practice as an editor and designer of some academic publications.
Willem’s background is in architecture. He completed a PhD in History and Theory of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in 2010 (his MSc in Architecture was obtained from Delft University of Technology). His doctoral thesis looks at books and their making with specific reference to the exchange of knowledge between architecture and alchemy during the early seventeenth century. In this context he coins the term ‘book-building’ to denote the way in which authors, publishers and craftspeople collaborate in the construction of a book. As part of his research, he undertook to learn basic skills in bookbinding at Morley College. Willem has since tried to integrate an amateur’s love of binding and paper decorating with in-depth research into historical material and with the design of academic publications (primarily for the Bartlett School). He is happy to cover these varied facets of his practice and try to show how they relate, with an emphasis on the role of decorative endpapers.
The Arcadian Library is a private, family-owned library focusing on the shared cultural heritage of Europe and the Arab World. For further information, please visit www.arcadian-library.com

Sunday 27 January 2013

The Great Sausage Roll Off.

You may very well ask what I do when I am not making books.

The last week or so I have been making the award for the Great Sausage Roll Off. A competition to be held at the RED LION PUB in Barnes, 30th Jan 2013 (check out their blog)

Something like 20 teams are taking part ! There will be 4 professional judges with the audience being the 5th.

Roll on the 30th.

Monday 21 January 2013

Saturday 19 January 2013

LEDA. A Double Hollow, Vellum Binding.

Leda is now ready for the first phase of covering. The spine will be bound in leather.
The head and tail of the spine piece has been built up. This is to allow for the vellum to sit flush.

Detail of the built up area on the spine and board edge.

Thursday 17 January 2013

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. 5th - 9th March 2013.

I have no idea how this has happened, but I am a guest speaker at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

I will be giving workshops and a couple of lectures. See you there.www.emirateslitfest.com

Thursday 10 January 2013

Back from Bangkok, drying out.

Though the book was frozen for 24 hours to kill everything off I have re-frozen it. Now is the drawn out process of drying out.

The colours are amazing a month and a half in the soil.....

Wednesday 2 January 2013

The final result from Bangkok.

Looks fab, many thanks Maya for the use of your garden and the images.