our journey into the world of bookbinding

A first edition?

In Books on 10 08 2011 at 23:03

Our very first book "collection"?Podríem dir que aquesta és la nostra primera edició si no fos que són tot llibres blancs, és a dir llibretes. Finalment hem acabat aquesta sèrie de llibres sobre la que ja vam parlar a Learning a Lesson: 8 llibres amb aquesta tècnica de costura japonesa i com sempre amb la majoria de materials reciclats, en aquest cas fins i tot el fil en la majoria, les portades són postals o retalls de revistes i el paper i la cartulina són trobats o recuperats.

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Some people toil for years obssessively on an idea, concrete, never managing to bear any fruit.  Others collect every piece of scrap-paper and stray postcard that they find and store them in a mysterious bag of goodies waiting patiently for the time when a spark will descend from the heavens and don them with the creative inspiration sufficient to produce a tiny wonder. The latter is what applies to this tale.

We decided to produce a small edition of these postcard booklets in commanding colours with a Japanese hand stab-stitch and a variety of threads. They turned out really well and for the interior covers, we used whatever we had around: scrap paper, namely. One even has a simple collage design which I think is quite funny, though you may never see it!

Overall, we learned a few clear lessons during the production of this edition:

  • Don´t break your tools
  • Don´t underestimate the importance of paper weight
  • Don´t obsess over the finest of details
  • If you care about what you´re doing your books will look good in the end
  • Keep making mistakes and keep learning from them, but don’t ever stop.

Of course, there are numerous others but I´ll save those for the future.  For now we´re going to bask in the glory of our fine achievement.

An other nice picturo of our edition of japanese stab-stitched books

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  1. Tot un èxit!

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