PAPER, MY NEW FRIEND

 

Bookbinding

This is a relatively recent interest of mine. Well it feels recent with time flying so fast. Actually I have wanted to do bookbinding for quite some time, but for some reason it seems a very difficult thing for me to accomplish. 
 
First of all, it took a while to find somewhere to learn bookbinding from, but I finally found a week long course at the Phoenix centre in Brighton. I even booked a week off work to attend it.
 
It was amazing. So much information and the teacher was so good. Being pregnant at the time and then having a kid put a bit of a gap into my learning, so I’ll have to learn a lot of the techniques again. Also I’m very good at procrastinating with easier things like knitting and sewing, but paper is definitely my new friend and one day I will bind another book with a hard cover. 
 
Here is what I’ve learned (or attempted) so far. I’m also going to include some pics of my short stint with origami.

Single section pamphlets

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Double Pamphlets

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Slotted Paper Case

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Case binding

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Link Stitch/Coptic Stitch

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Envelopes bound in a semi Japanese style binding.

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I was tidying my crafts area, and needed somewhere to organize my tracing paper drawings I use with stamp carving. The rational solution of course was to spend a whole day making this book of envelopes. 😛

 Another attempt at the same type of stitch. I definitely need to find out how to really bind with the different Japanese stitches.

Origami

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These little butterflies are from my office job days. I would reuse all old post-its and fold them in meetings. I think they stopped me from drifting off 😛 Some colleagues even doodled a couple of prettier ones for me to fold.

My Origami Sculpture

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I made this piece because I wanted some colour in our staircase. It also hangs nice and high so it’s one of the few paper pieces that hasn’t met a horrid end at the hands of my toddler.

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