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The very best decorated paper in the world.

books

The paper used for the covers of these books are made and sold by Jeffery – Whitton Book Papers of Edinburgh Scotland This is their site linky

I know people have been searching for them because I get hits every week they search goggle for Jeffery paper and they get me! I am going to promote them like mad because I recognise how brilliant their work is and it needs to be better known.

The other reason people come to the site is this. It’s a Louet sewing gauge and its great as well.

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How does it fail?
July 28, 2015, 8:12 am
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I really must start to pay more attention to the reason and lessons of why a particular piece of bookbinding / making has failed. It’s not enough to say ‘failed’ and not articulate the precise reasons of how the total package has not produced the intended effect.
It’s not enough to say “it sucks because it reminds me of other things that suck” This is not scab picking it’s just trying to be unemotional about work.

Look at this site A Printmakers’ Flora
This with out a doubt is the most handsome book I have ever seen and it pushes me to be better because I know why its great.



the care and feeding of craft skills

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I haven’t bound a proper book for a couple of months now mainly it’s because the allotment needs my attention. I like the scale of the allotment it’s working with a large area instead of the distance between my hand and eyes and the surface of my bench. The allotment is a big testament to my mistakes.
I cram in plants with a shoe horn it means that I can’t hoe them. So this morning I took a bed and evicted a lot of plants, I hacked back the borage I had planted for the bees as it was a hazard to navigation, I hoed around the plants to get some air in to the soil, I removed dead leaves and I am going to give them a feed of seaweed tonic.
After this I am going to go to my bench and reconnect with my bookbinding and make a book that new and different to me, that encompasses my ideas about decorating book covers and what the experience of how the book functions in the hand. Size and Colour. Function and Form. The outcome is not about selling the book to a client it’s about the model I am going to construct of what I think about when I think about books. Might be a bit abstract but I will know it when I see it.
Then I might go swanning about with my new book and have a cup of coffee.



I had a great experience.
July 13, 2015, 7:46 am
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I had such a wonderful time the other day I was making the little books for my course and I was thrilled to be in the process of making books for a reason. I had realised that it was absolutely all right that the ‘hand out’ was going to be two sheets of A4 and that I had failed to fit the ‘hand out’ material in to the book. I am not and ever have been a typographer and I believe with ever fibre of my being that unless that page has been signed off by a designer who has serious chops it will be rubbish.

My little books are a work in progress. I wanted to give them to the people who came to my workshop to show them just how effective a simple technique like five hole pamphlet stitch can be. Also I tipped in the little colophon label.

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But mostly I was thrilled to be engaged with the process. This is practice beyond technique. The work flow was exciting and I was very pleased with the end result.



I had a great experience.
July 13, 2015, 7:33 am
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I had such a wonderful time the other day I was making the little books for my course and I was thrilled to be in the process of making books for a reason. I had realised that it was absolutely all right that the ‘hand out’ was going to be two sheets of A4 and that I had failed to fit the ‘hand out’ material in to the book. I am not and ever have been a typographer and I believe with ever fibre of my being that unless that page has been signed off by a designer who has serious chops it will be rubbish.

My little books are a work in progress. I wanted to give them to the people who came to my workshop to show them just how effective a simple technique like five hole pamphlet stitch can be. Also I tipped in the little colophon label.

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But mostly I was thrilled to be engaged with the process. This is practice beyond technique. The work flow was exciting and I was very pleased with the end result.



The encylcopedia of bookbinding
July 9, 2015, 12:37 pm
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Or I could go along with ‘A manifesto of bookbinding’ my head is going with ‘encyclopaedia’ I came up with the titles because I loved the idea of going along to a course and giving out a free encyclopaedia! What larks.



painting covers for little books
July 9, 2015, 12:28 pm
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I am madly in love in with indigo pigments I could happily have whole pain tins filled with only indigo better still is finding vintage tubes of the stuff on ebay.

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So the plan is to paint the covers.

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And then print the titles on the covers then bind the books.
What’s not to like!



Just practicing a practice.
July 9, 2015, 11:17 am
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I am working through a series of tasks for my workshop tomorrow and I am absolutely guided by the practice of practice. I am working diligently, patiently, persistently and playfully.
I am calm and moving forward and achieving my objectives. I have just looked up and a courier has pulled up and I believe I have my plates.
Result.
Time for lunch and perhaps a look at the allotment before the printing session this afternoon.



no plates no cry
July 9, 2015, 9:19 am
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So postman has brought me an electricity bill and I do not have my new plates which is all rightish. It would have been a bit of a laugh I suppose if I really really wanted to work with the new titles I could always get some output from this laser printer…..

Meanwhile in the real proper world of allotments and all things vegetable look at these magnificent

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So I am doing that workshop thing tomorrow.
July 9, 2015, 8:52 am
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I am going to spend this morning pulling together the materials and books I want to talk about at workshop. I am going to place the emphasis on natural materials and traditional techniques. So I am making little wax blocks for people to use with linen thread. It’s getting harder to find beeswax blocks these days so I make them using these moulds I found in Lakeland for making chocolates.
I was melting wax and pouring it, listening to ‘yesterday in parliament’ and eating sausages because I can multi task.

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All this is going on as I am waiting to see if my polymer plates will arrive so I can print some title labels. If the plates come great if they are destined to come tomorrow that’s really pushing it for me. Although I did a workshop where this book was made.

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The label for that was set up and printed an hour or two before the workshop.

Plate makers got the file last Friday so fingers crossed.