I was introduced to the art of bookmaking today and I must say... what an amazing day!
I love books, and I seem to be appreciating them more with each passing year, but a day of being off the computer and using my hands (and brain) to create something tangible was like being able to take a deep breath... it was like having a day in the darkroom, only there were more people around... and it was light.
Since it was my first attempt at this craft I was too focused on the measuring and sewing and gluing the right spots, to get any photos during the process, but rest assured, I will be making more. In fact, I'm already trying to figure out how to re-organize my studio to make room for an area that could just be set up for bookmaking.
If you are interested in learning more or making a book on your own, I would suggest taking the course through Luz Studio & Gallery, here in Victoria. Studio owner/photographer/bookmaker, Quinton has been at this for years and I must say he's a very patient teacher!
So now I've got an 8 x 8, hand-stitched, fabric-covered, 25-page blank book with a fish de-boss on the back and headbands in the spine! Not sure what I'll use it for, but with all the possibilities to customize the size, covering, page paper, end sheets, etc... I'll definitely be making more!