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sequence over editions
July 24, 2014, 8:21 am
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I am moving towards the notion of making a ‘sequence’ of books because I really don’t understand the whole business around proofs and editions. Nor do I want to have anything to do with the stuff of the artist realm.

This is trade.

I am going to have to make up my own shit for this.
I need to have some kind of frame work to base the books around. If it helps sell the little books then I will go along with it but in reality the books stand on there own.

I’ll make them big and strong.

printing on leather
July 24, 2014, 8:12 am
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This is pared goatskin and I have printed little elements on it. To be used like this.


I print for laughs. I bind for serious.
July 24, 2014, 8:09 am
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One of the books that has had the biggest influence on me is “Printing for Pleasure” by the great John Ryder.

I cannot recommend this most perfect book enough.
I was in love with printing as a child and it was always about printing information, it’s fundamentally about the reprographics.
What I am interested in now is the printing of labels for books. Labels and books go hand in hand.

The stuff I printed yesterday was a just an excuse to get covered in ink at one point I discover I had actually managed to print on the T-shirt I was wearing.

I still have a tiny little bit of printing to finish but I really need to work with some books.

I am not especially fond of the printing.
July 23, 2014, 8:32 am
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But it has to be done.

I am going to tear myself away from the interwebs and finish printing bit’s and bobs for decorating the little books, finish printing a series of cards and I need to print a little title for a book.

I should make a simple pamphlet sewn book and use the blocks to make an good cover. That might be something that people will buy.I need to work out how to do a ‘safety stitch’ with needle and thread and then find a way to sew the cover on.

And once the printing is finished I shall cover books like it’s going out of fashion.

tiny books of delight
July 21, 2014, 8:32 am
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Chances are you might not understand this because it is genuine bookbinder gibberish.

See the tiny books in the photograph I am going to point out something important about them which I take totally for granted because thats the way I bind books.

The tiny books are bound in account style. They snap open.

That is all.

What I want to achieve this week.
July 21, 2014, 8:28 am
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I am going to cover these books in black leather and then add little bits of letterpress labels to them. I am pretty sure that this is going to be a series of florilegium books.

This means I have to print. I have a love hate thing going on with letterpress. Sometimes I have great sessions and other times I have become demented with it. But I realise that I am going to have to bite the bullet and get on with it.

It’s going to be great.

handsome books


This is from last week.

What I liked most about this batch of book is that they taught me so much. Tons and tons of stuff.

It’s really easy to put leather on a tiny book. Bish Bash Bosh covers on. I am not sure if I like tiny books but we are about to find out if they will sell in a shop. The other thing about the tiny books is that they really, really need a delicate touch to the extent I have to cut my finger nails because I has leaving little crescent marks on the paper.

Bigger type is best. Big and bold clarendon in capitals makes the cover easier to work.

This level of concentration and effort is tiring and I should only do covers first ting in the morning.