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searching for the handmade in a market place.
September 29, 2013, 9:57 am
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I found myself yet again walking the length and breadth of a market place and did not see a single hand made item. Fudge, pulled pork sandwiches and croissants that come from a bakery cash and carry do not count.

I seen a lot of giftware that was manufactured in the far east. I seen a lot of ‘businesses’ selling the ‘stuff’

Somewhere there is a marketplace for the handmade.

Thats not precious just matter of fact, these people have made these items by hand using materials from British makers. The stuff they make does not seek to replicate machine made goods. (what would be the point in that?)

I think I want a revival in real crafts rather like what is going on in food.


bookbinding courage.
September 26, 2013, 1:24 pm
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Sometimes it is necessary to realise that you have made a mistake and to continue with a book component has just failed the pre determined test is malinvestment.
I am going to strive to make the parts of books right the first time!

On the bright side of the road.
September 26, 2013, 11:31 am
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Must admit I am liking this ‘bright side of the road’ malarky , by which I mean I am going to go in a positive direction of travel. I have always recognised that ‘special people’ buy my books and it’s going to be an absolute joy in making the little books that are going to be snapped up.

Did I mention that my books snap open?

reasons to be cheerful about bookbinding!
September 25, 2013, 5:23 pm
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I found this list today I don’t know why I put it together in a list because all the things on it are so obvious that they don’t even need to be written.

Sybil Pye

Roger Powell

Strindberg and Helium

Roberts and Herrington Dictionary of Bookbinding Terms

Talas Bookbinding Supplies

Designer Bookbinders

Canadian Society of Bookbinders

Gavin Dovey

Society of Bookbinders

Book Arts

Women Bookbinders by Marian Tidcombe

Thames and Hudson Manual of Bookbinding

PVA paste

Barbour thread

Zerkal Paper

learn you a bookbinding for great good!


For the next few weeks I am going to be really positive about learning bookbinding on the blog.
This means I am going to stop the scab picking and woe is me stuff you know when I go on and on about my ‘hurt feelings’ and wave my ‘pathetic paw’ (it’s what dogs do when they are surrendering)
I am going to play nice and not be mean about book artists (that might be pushing it though)
I will be filled with love for craft entrepreneurs, women who have turned them selfs in to a brand and anyone who has a casual connection to a craft shop.
I intend to be a bright shining beacon of warmth and positive regard.
Stay tuned.

the tolerance of ambiguity at the heart of the commissioning process.
September 24, 2013, 7:18 am
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That there statement is fighting talk if ever there was one.

I am in the process of making a book for a collective of people. I am unsure of my role.

The last time I was in this situation I commented clearly and if I remember rightly very loudly that I am being treated like “trade”. I was being paid to knock up a book and to keep my mouth shut because what I am bring to the party is the ability to sew up a book thats all.
Thats what I am paid for.

I don’t mind being ‘trade’ I use ‘trade’ techniques, I have ‘trade’ qualifications. I don’t have a problem with keeping my mouth shut providing it’s being stuffed with money.

So I am going to have to assume that the group knows what it wants and I shall do my upmost to interpret their needs and make the book to the best of my ability.

bonkers endpapers
September 22, 2013, 4:07 pm
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I really like making endpapers. My favourite paper to paint on is a zerkal laid paper with wavy lines must be about 180gms.

I plan to use gold gilding, collage, stencils and printing in the next series.