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.  The ideas flowed, as we considered how the diversity of the shires history would be reflected in our work.  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. 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 one 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’

‘Atlanticus 365’ – the perpetual companion, and a memoir in the making

Greenhalghs leather and Magnani paper - the very best that can be offered - and 12 sections so you can start at your chosen month.Here is the start of perhaps 20 years of heart, soul and reflection; dropping in and out of the months and years as your inspiration takes you - a memoir in the making.Of 12 … Continue reading ‘Atlanticus 365’ – the perpetual companion, and a memoir in the making

Binding Bill’s Family Journey

Recently, I had the pleasure of binding a copy of Bill's family story. Being interested in binding, Bill had already completed a copy for himself, but this time was after something a little more special.  Here is a quick look at the steps involved.************************************ Bill's text was printed on single pages, so Cleat Sewn Double … Continue reading Binding Bill’s Family Journey

Leatherwork season, part 1

It's finally warming up, so it's time to start my leatherwork season.And here it is - the leather. Unlike regular bookbinding leather which is thin and supple, this stuff is blunt force hide.  I have the whole hide to work with. It comes from the local Greenhalgh's Tannery. Deep chestnut colour, gorgeous sheen. I'm a … Continue reading Leatherwork season, part 1

Solander Boxes, part 2

Solander boxes are protective, archival, sturdy, and downright beautiful.These are custom photographic presentation boxes for Sonia at Bohemian Secret. Her talents deserve a beautiful presentation of her work to clients.  Here is the final product :)..and a few more process pics for my Binding friends..Fitting the magnetic closures - more tricky than you'd think.tray and case … Continue reading Solander Boxes, part 2

Solander Boxes, Part 1

Solander BoxesThey are protective, archival, sturdy, and downright beautiful.I'm making some custom boxes for Sonia at Bohemian Secret. Her photographic talents are obvious; her dedication to quality is impressive.  You really must visit her site to see her work, including salt prints, colodian, film, digital and more. These boxes are to house print sets for … Continue reading Solander Boxes, Part 1

the ARTISTS COMPANION in leather and velvet

I'm so excited about these large leather journals. I have made these mostly on Commission projects, but decided this time to share the love :o)The ARTISTS COMPANION is a treat for writing, sketching, light painting, and journaling, with spacing to allow for inclusions and paste-ins.It is designed to fit into a satchel, backpack or painting … Continue reading the ARTISTS COMPANION in leather and velvet