Wednesday, 7 November 2018

November Notes

A change to our scheduled room meant we were a little constrained for space, but that turned out to be a good thing as we were able to help one another through the coptic stitch or chain binding that our friend Elizabeth Willow came to show us.  

This is a very useful binding for single pages, or for fairly small signatures, as we used for this exercise. Despite the relative complexity of learning the binding, everyone managed to complete a book, and went away armed with Elizabeth’s advice to make at least 6 more for practice, by which time the binding should be well embedded in our memories. As ever, Elizabeth was a very patient and calm teacher and we loved having her with us again.


Elizabeth recommended the new book by Hedi Kyle, entitled ‘The Art of the Fold’.

This podcast references Hedi Kyle and the book mentioned in our notes:

The Art of the Fold.


Shown works included ‘Tracks ‘, by Jackie and some leaf dyed work by Joyce, or books in the making ( including Harrocks Wood by Brenda) . Eric once again amazed us all by his industry and enthusiasm for all things book-related. Chris had brought some lovely hand-made papers to sell at extremely reasonable prices, and many of us took up the opportunity to restock.


 We briefly discussed the Manchester Artists’ Book Fair, and also the programme for next year. Everyone agreed that Paul Johnson, who is a very well-respected pop-up bookmaker amongst his many other skills, would make a great day, and we agreed to see if he could come along to our June 2019 Saturday, making the event a 10 - 4 session. This will mean an extra cost to the session to cover Paul’s fees. More details to follow.

Frances has been doing some experiements in rust printing paper. She will bring some samples for the next workshop.

Our next meeting is on the 1st of December, with more information to follow in a blog post nearer the time, but please bring along a blank book of at least 20 pages; it need not be very complicated but be ready for use.

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