OPEN BINDERY – Finally, Sonya gets the message…

With gentle, persistent pressure from customers,the Sago bindery is now open on Saturdays, Oct-Apr.For consultations on book repair, commissions, sales,and general socialization of a bookbinderΒ who doesn't get out much.Β  Β πŸ˜πŸ™„πŸ˜‰πŸ‘πŸ» Β Stay tuned for the next post, to see what you can find...#sagoontuesdays #raretrades #openbindery #boookbinding

Nuts and Bolts – the repair of a precious wartime album.

This repair is to a personal WW2 photo album. PST (sticky tape) of all varieties and ages, original endpapers glued over with multiple envelopes (using an old mystery glue combo), disintegrating cloth hinge patch, separating boards, collapsed spine, stains, old glassine (affectionately known in the bindery as 'yellowing, moist, acidic, transparent sheets of doom'), and … Continue reading Nuts and Bolts – the repair of a precious wartime album.

Repairs, repairs, repairs and more repairs

No, I haven't dropped off the planet, or started a cult - just crazy-hectic here with repair work that frankly should have been finished by the end of June!   Most of my work this last few months have been from private collections that aren't for sharing, so sorry to those folks who are starving … Continue reading Repairs, repairs, repairs and more repairs

The music lives on – a stub binding structure

These pages of sheet music are important. They span a lifetime of playing and singing with others. Through the styles, trends and tastes of each era of life. Gathering memories and sampling them with every replay. A jutebox of musical memories. Irreplaceable. Unfortunately, someone in the past has attempted to bind them together slap-dash style; … Continue reading The music lives on – a stub binding structure

Once Upon a Shire – building a book for a community – Part 1.

In November 2014, when a group of ink and paper artists got together to plan a comprehensive community project about the Golden Plains Shire, there were unexpected and delightful results.Β  The ideas flowed, as we considered how the diversity of the shires history would be reflected in our work.Β  Everyone agreed that writing and drawing … Continue reading Once Upon a Shire – building a book for a community – Part 1.

Once Upon a Shire – an invitation

Once Upon a Shire,there were six artists and a bookbinder, whose work was inspired by time they spent with the Golden Plains community. Their musings and impressions were laid carefully and deliberately like stones in a dry wall across the hillside - tactile, honest, lasting.Β The work was bound, so that the wall we built can … Continue reading Once Upon a Shire – an invitation

Leopold Bloom gets a new suit – the rebinding of ‘Ulysses’

Rodney came to my bindery with a project:"Here is a new copy of Ulysses - my favourite book. I killed the last one and I want this oneΒ to last, and to be a bit special. I think I want to torture my children with the challenge to read it, like my father did to me … Continue reading Leopold Bloom gets a new suit – the rebinding of ‘Ulysses’