Friday, 20 July 2018

My Favourite Book Making Technique

 I make a lot of books using this technique. It is a very good for creating a quick books, no stitching is required and has the  advantage that the books can be easily dismantled and pages added or removed.

A great advantage of this style is that pages can be easily removed or added or swapped around.

Books are made up of a collection of signatures. Each signature is a page or a bundle of pages folded in half. The signature fits over the concertina spine.

The signatures fit over the concertina spine. The size of the book depends of both the number of signatures and the number of pages within the signatures.

Mark each signature with the size of the concertina spine.

Cut a narrow slot between the marks for the concertina spine.

Fit the signature over one of the spines.

Cut a retaining tab that will fit through the spine, it should be only just smaller than the width of the spine. If too narrow it will fall out and the book will not hold together. Too wide and it will not slide through.

The retaining tab needs to be longer than the spine and fit into the size of the pages/signature. The flat tab can be glued to the covers, usually onto the inside.  I use a sturdy or heavy weight card to make the covers and then glue paper over the flat tab and inside cover. 

Pages can be used to hold additional papers/collage/ lightweight found objects.

Once the basic technique is mastered you can play around with different ways of constructing covers, mixing up paper sizes within the signature and the concertinaspine. Sometimes I make the concertina folds very wide so that they form small pages.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Print, Collage, Stitch

Print , Collage, Stitch - a workshop with Sally Tyrie at Fibre Arts Winter School.

These pieces are small collages (15cm x 15cm) of small pieces of the papers that I printed in the first two days.

For the first two days the focus was on producing a collection of mono print papers. There was lots of overprinting to add depth and texture to the prints.

The first print

This plate was prepared for overprinting the page

The first print overprinted

And then two more times

This page was then torn and used in the cover for this book

A few pages in the book

There pages could be worked into over and over.

This piece had stitch added and some unpicked which made small holes. It was then inked from behind and depending on the paper had varying amounts of ink bleed through to the front.

I braved the elements and ventured out 

To this exhibition. As a ‘mad cat lady’ how could I not.

Some of the many artworks in the exhibition.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

A Traveller’s Blanket

I am away at Ballarat, a notoriously chilly place in Winter. For the next few days I will be doing a course and living in at Ballarat Grammar School. Very well prepared for the cold with two quilts in addition to the blankets provided.

The quilt on top, A traveller’s Blanket was made a few years ago in a class with Dijanne  Cevaal.  In the class we dyed the muslin top, backing and the flanelette middle layer aqua and then overdyed the folded top by dipping it in to black. The squares are patches of embroidered fabrics which I then stitched onto the top. Once the patches were on I was able to quilt around the blocks with more embroidery thread.

Here is another view. The patches were roughly cut squares from my fabric stash. The following pictures are close ups of some of the embroidered squares.

I really enjoyed making this quilt, particularly the free stitching of all the patches. They were a very portable project and could easily picked up, put down and worked on whenever time and occasion were possible.