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Making books for artists.
September 22, 2013, 8:05 am
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It’s a privilege to bind books for artists. Artists give the best commissions and they really care about the book they get it that the book is an “exhibition” artists have no problem about being good to themselves.

I like artists they make me laugh.

I started working with artists because I was making books that had titles that I thought were interesting or just down right funny and it kind of grew from there.

I started to make a series of books for Tracey that were going to be in an exhibition and I gave her the folded sections / signatures and she drew in them and I sewed them up and bound them as books. That little sentence is the “money shot” “I gave her the folded sections / signatures and she drew in them and I sewed them up and bound them as books”
As a transaction it’s a bit good.

The artist is able to control the contents and the order of the book.

I just gave Tracey a paper she could draw on and I missed a massive trick. I could have given her different types of paper….

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Andrea’s book
July 31, 2013, 12:26 pm
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This is the book I made for Andrea.

Years and years ago I made a book for Tracy and one of the things that happened it I gave Tracey a pile of folded signatures and she drew on the pages and assembled the order she wanted the book to run. This is significant because if you are an artist and you are using the book form as art work this is slicing bread before you wrap it.
The artist is able to have total control of the books contents.

Andrea’s book was made up of different weights of paper, it had lot’s of varieties of paper and most excitingly it had the ‘prints’ she had made and rejected because of flaws. Have you seen the cost of paper! I can’t think of a better use of ‘waste’ than having a book made up of it. I was taught to calculate for 5 to 10% loss in each colour run.
Its a great book because of the contents not the cover.