What’s new in 2016

I can’t believe it’s the middle of the year already. Luckily I enrolled in a laced-in binding class, otherwise I’d not be binding at all.

However I did manage to produce my first edition of 20 books; my own tango manual, as a sewn board binding.


Interestingly, each book worked out at 24 hours worth of work. I was keen to see how much time it would take, and while I seem to make one book relatively quickly, a production line seems to take an eternity. The problem now is whether I can sell the book to the value of the hours taken….the answer is probably no. Oh, the life of the artist.

I am  currently working on a project due in September; it’s for a competition. If there were no competitions I don’t think I’d find the time to be creative at all. My friend Fabienne works mostly with paper; I decided to play around with a dos a dos binding and also use a decorative technique demonstrated to us Canberra binders by Don Glaister during his visit early this year.

image and mylar

I keep thinking about Hannah Brown’s plaquettes. She kindly showed them to me, when I was very raw. Lately I’ve been trying to learn one technique a year. I like making plaquettes or projects to see if an idea will work, but need to have some sort of vision.  On my current project I’m up to version 4; but  am undecided about which structure I will use, and feeling the pressure of a looming deadline.

I want to participate in my binding community, but with the National Bookbinding conference on  in Canberra next year, it seems that too many competitions and exhibitions have been popping out of the woodwork.

Arg… Ok, I’m just going to take a deep breath and keep going…..