I need to develop some products especially for there.
I had a Stall at Tynemouth Market this Sunday. Its a great location and has a good vibe. I was next to the smelly French Cheese man. The cheeses are beautiful amazing textures colours and with all their unique patina. He was properly french and half of each of his sentences was native.
I need to develop some products especially for there.
These are plain notebooks with old map covers and a few random map inserts. So many people are drawn to old maps.
Here is the starting point for my next batch of books - a table full of decorated paper, some of it fairly grungy!
Some of it pretty (basically the paper that I didn't decorate myself).
The papers are chosen and laid out on the maps ready to be bound in as pages.
This is the fun bit - the next bit is the fiddly bit, putting them all together.
The papers echo themes taken from the map behind them.
I have been working on a book that uses a map as the background for a while, but it's never quite had the right purpose. Here is the first book and where it is leading too......
I found people were attracted to the cover, but were a bit non plussed by the pages which were gelatine prints on recycled packaging paper. Each printed signature was interleaved with a stub of map, the prints picked up themes from the map graphics. I decided I needed to make the contents more varied and reflect what you might see and feel if you were there - in the map! I had collected everything I needed but I just had to work out how to put it all together.
So here is what happened.
On the very day I had all the pieces surrounding me playing with ideas, Eva Gustavsson a Book Binder from Sweden emailed me this photo of her work.
Three lovely double sided concertina folded square books with a bound insert. Eva uses found and recycled items in her art.
So seeing Eva's work gave me my light bulb moment - I made the map pages the full depth of the book (using the original vertical map folds, which dictated the width) and the inserts were layers of the chosen papers of varying sizes and shapes, allowing the map to always be there framing the page. I made two different sizes, which were within the horizontal map folds.
The Treasure maps need a little refining but I am happy that (in suitable terminology) I am now heading along the right path.
Thanks to Eva for letting me use her photo and for inspiration, I will post a link to her website (in development) when it is ready so you can see more of her work.
I have collaborated with Emma Hammond from Dales View Photography to make this collaged wedding photo Album
The binding is Secret Belgian, a favourite of mine, and the cord is white leather, the thickness of which suits the size of the Album (30cm x 30cm).
The inside cover has collaged muted photos, that set the scene for the lovely photos within.
I have been making a trial version of a felt covered photo album. I have made felt covers for books before but this design has the felt attached to cardboard and is bound as three parts. I thought it was going to throw up some issues and it has, all resolvable I think, but worth making this small version first to try out the technique.
You can get lovely textures in the felt that complement the collage design on the inside of the covers.
With a bit of tweaking I think the design will work but I'm not entirely sure about mixing the felt with the cardboard. I think a good thick felt would do away with the need for the cardboard and keep the desirable softness with a more suitable binding.
This post is a bit of a cop out, it has been saved in the back drawer for a rainy day. Today was the first rainy day after all that lovely sunshine, so work has been lower on the priority list. After all we have to make the most of the sun when we get it here.
This is my first attempt at Coptic binding, it has always been appealing cos you can use such a wide choice of covers with it - basically anything stiff that you can drill holes in. My instructions said the first one was unlikely to go well so I just used some scrap bits of paper, but as it turned out I rather like the colour combination and nothing went too wrong as far as I can tell.
I went to the Late Shows in Newcastle at the weekend - to be highly recommended for next year. Lots of venues open their doors from 7pm - 11pm for a free cultural experience on Friday and Saturday night. We wandered the streets with our late show glow sticks and had a great time. Some of the venues had public participation and the highlight for me was making a mini map book with Yvette Hawkins at the Globe Gallery, check out her website for her usual map folding creations - http://www.yvettehawkins.com/
But this is what we made with her............
The covers were Paperchase wrapping paper glued on stockboard with a bookcloth spine. All the pieces were already cut out for us to put together.
Inside was a cleverly folded map that opens out as the book opens. The lines were on the map to direct our folds.
The whole design couldn't have ticked any more boxes for me if it tried - maps, books and lovely paper. I was in heaven, paper heaven!
I am going to have to adapt it to use, I shall post my efforts in the future. Thanks Yvette.
This book was commissioned for the lovely Hannah to keep notes and ideas in for a music project.
The colours for the book were inspired by these pink and orange patterned tissue papers. The flowing patterns were reminiscent of music and echoed some of the musical symbols.
Pages were printed with useful musical staves and decorative musical excerpts. I hope the book will help to make the project creative and visually exciting.
Had a grand time at the 3rd Glasgow International Book Fair - lots of networking, chatting and gathering feedback. I thought Glasgow was a surprisingly lovely city, we saw it in good weather which helped.
The fair is in a great location at the apex of the main shopping street Buchanan and the infamous Sauchiehall street. There were lots of lovely books to browse - such a variety. My favourite stall had big books made out of cardboard - but cardboard with interesting cutouts that fit around the boxes initial contents. I have collected just exactly that cardboard myself and was jealous that somebody had come up with such a good outcome for it.
The website is still very live and a showcase for all the participants - Have a look GIAB.
I'm a big fan of the scrap book, but I think they have been usurped lately by what is really a more bling photo album. So I am going to champion the good old fashioned, proper scrap book, perfect for all those bits of paper ephemera that catch your eye but are hard to give a home to.
They feed my love of battered paper and texture, finding an old one at an auction or charity shop is my kind of bliss. Funnily enough the first proper one I made was specifically for the Queens Silver Jubilee Celebrations all those years ago. I can also remember a holiday one that largely consisted of a bag of sand sellotaped to the page and a crab shell that quickly turned into a mosaic.
Here are my reborn scrapbooks (paper cuttings album?) for the age of Aquarius!
The covers I have used are rather apt as they are made out of newspaper and scraps of photos, maps and envelopes. I had just 4 left over from a previous project, they have been painted sanded and waxed and have a pleasing feel. The pages are a selection of magazine pictures, old book pages and coloured paper, chosen to give an interesting background to whatever you choose to stick in.
I'm very pleased with my new spine detail which is simply a tube of rolled up magazine which is held tightly by the crossover binding.
So I urge you to think again about the humble scrapbook and help make it popular again.
I have moved further North with lots and lots of bits of paper, to make hand bound books by the Sea.