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that big pile of money I got for doing the bookbinding.
November 30, 2012, 3:53 pm
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These are the books I bought with it. 

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Bookbinding and the power of making.
November 30, 2012, 1:56 pm
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When I do workshops I always give away materials and tools because I want people to develop their skills. These clamps allow the students to glue and scrim and put craft paper on the spines of books, they cost about 50p to make. What ever materials are left at the end I divide it up amongst the students because I want people to learn bookbinding. I make the beeswax blocks so that when they run their thread through the wax the thread will have some protection, the sewing won’t get tangled and best off all the smell of honey.



Arsekicking and Bookbinding : it needs saying.
November 27, 2012, 3:17 pm
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I was thinking about an old photograph I seen yesterday of a old bakers shop in Newcastle. In the window there was signs saying “Birthday Cake” and I remembered that when I was a little girl all the bakers made birthday cake and you could tell immediately which baker had made it. It was as obvious as his signature. So it should be because this is “trade” Its “manufacturing” that’s what I do, I can’t pony it up to “art” and the term “craft” has become toxic.

I am making birthday cakes.

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Great book if you are doing the fiber arts thing.
November 27, 2012, 10:00 am
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If you are putting together a sketchbook as a record of work for exam assessment then you should check this out. It has great examples of books and unlike most of the sketch book porn I actually want to handle these and look at them.



The common place book
November 27, 2012, 9:48 am
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The common place book

We are due a revival of the “Common Place Book” This article is illuminating and remains one of the best things I have read in years, If you are blessed enough to live in Newcastle and hold membership of the “Lit and Phil” the nice librarian might go down to the book store and photocopy it for you. 

 



Taking no prisoners at the bookbinding workshop.
November 25, 2012, 2:14 pm
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Really I am a three trick pony : I can bind a particular style of book and I can deliver a bookbinding workshop and the other trick is I think. I think bloody hard. I’ve thought so hard that all of my hair has fallen out. When it comes down to the passing on of bookbinding knowledge I think that people want hard core traditional trade bookbinding methods that has been evolving in binderies for hundreds and hundreds of years and has yielded the “best” methods and techniques. I have been reading about what has been taught in bookbinding classes for years and I have sat in the class room with a guy writing on a borad, I have sat multiple exam papers on bookbinding. Bookbinding and Printing for me have been the only successful educational experience I have achieved I have genuinely lost count of the number of times I have started a degree. So I “heart” bookbinding.

Over the next couple of days I am going to write up the what I think people want when they come to a workshop, what I want to give them and the mistakes I made and how I am going to correct them.Image



when I am not bookbinding I am thinking about bookbinding
November 12, 2012, 11:41 am
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I am thinking about the following in no particular order :

I have two workshops to teach later this month and it’s about time I really did do the “hand out” that I have been threatening to write for years.  I have been thinking about the structure and content of the course because it’s one day and there are limits to what can be done. I do know that I want it to totally focused on “skills” that the contract with the participants is the sharing and demonstrating a specific number of procedures and importantly guiding and correcting their efforts. 

I have been thinking of learning a new method of bookbinding and I have assembled all the resources that I need to achieve this.

I have had new equipment made and will be setting up trials to see how it works for me.

I am still repeating the same mistakes and I need to develop a system where I begin with a quite rigid and tightly written specification of what I am binding and I need to be more effective at the experimenting. At the same time I need to be specific at what constitutes success. 

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