Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Muse - Book with no Pictures

Yet another proof of concept.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Monday Muse - Three Seconds

Lost the past week to random acts of illegal fireworks…I suppose a bang appeals to the three-second attention span. 

Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday Muse - 404

Hand Towel Shadow on Toilet Tank

More and more of my online searches for creators are delivering pages that have been abandoned three to five years ago or receive 404 returns [page not found]. Just recently I cleaned out over twenty inactive pages from my RSS reader. Creators with identities to maintain are staying just active enough to peddle their wares [usually workshops] but the trend seems to be withdrawal from all social media. While some of those creators are simply getting older or tired, for others it might be a signal to noise decision…where creating is a solitary act.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Continuous Spine Slot & Tab - POC

A proof of concept study completed during an otherwise busy week. The 78" continuous spine was cut from a roll of pink flooring paper [a humorous task performed on the floor] that was alternately cut to provide folded full page and smaller tab sections. Kraft paper pages were cut on a bias with slots cut into the truncated spine fold to receive the tab element of the continuous spine. In final form, the continuous spine will be made from a [long] roll paper color print, the pages made from double-sided black & white prints, with hardcovers attached to the continuous spine. Page layout should prove a challenge along with the alternate stories for the color and b/w images.   

Monday, June 25, 2018

Monday Muse - Really?

Rumor is that "some people" want images in my proof of concept books…really? Today's is a proof of concept image for Shadowland…does it conversely require the book? The Night Market book [with images] is awaiting the delivery of Elephant Hide paper for the binding strip and should be ready to show soon.

FWIW A straight-off of camera image utilizing a custom in-camera preset made to emulate contrasty and grainy b&w film. Elephant Hide is a strong, thin, German paper suitable for folded bindings. [no animals injured in the process]

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Night Market

I claim no originality for this binding, it was one of the examples in the previously mentioned Claire Van Vliet book. What appeared to be complex proved straightforward when underway. The study was made twice full size from flooring paper and coverstock so I could experience the nuances of the handwork and form an opinion for the materials to be used on the concept dummy. The pink concertina spine was punched and slots cut following the template shown in the foreground of the center image. The black cardstock pages also have slots cut to receive the concertina. I located the slots with punch marks made with the needle awl, then cut between the dots. The assembled construction suggest the need for more pages with the final size to be determined by the widest paper on hand from which to make the concertina. I have the images from last years night market so I will pound this one out soon. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Muse - On Pricking

Scored a like new copy of the out of print Woven and Interlocking Book Structures by Claire Van Vliet. There are still some used copies floating around, but things get pricey. You can find an authorized downloadable PDF…[here] Having already read the book a half dozen times, it has now lost it's like newness but is a valuable addition to my library. The first thing I learned was when cutting a slot in paper, to first mark the ends of the cut with a prick of a small sharp awl, needle etc to prevent the slot from tearing. Why didn't I think of that? The example bindings are interesting and I'm in the process of making a study binding to be posted later this week. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Muse -Exploring Structures

Structure from Above 
Folded Tab Page

Page Modifications

Projected Edge
The week has been busy with work in the bindery done in fits and spurts. This Slot & Tab proof of concept features large slotted pages with smaller tab pages folded on themselves to provide opportunities for cut-outs, fold-outs, and/or contrasting projected edges. The scrap materials used for fabrication were inadequate. The larger Slot sections [black] need to be of heavy Bristol and the folded Tab pieces [kraft] of a stronger thinner material like Elephant Hide. The benefit of making proof of concept models is to discover where the problems occur and what materials and techniques might correct them.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday Muse - Truncated Diamond Model

Continuing the paper folding with the proof of concept model for a slot and tab Truncated Diamond fold with front and back patches glued down. Model made from letter-size Kraft paper with a 2 3/4" binding strip of folded cover stock. The concept suggests contrasting colors, textures, and materials. Perhaps the diamond shapes might be cut from double-sided photographic prints and the squared pages from hand textured Bristol for stiffness. The interior tab element might also be expanded to receive content. While I've not encountered this technique…no doubt it has roots in something developed by Hedi Kyle.

Update 5/4/18 Just ran across a very similar approach on Pinterest called the "Australian Reversed Piano Hinge". Rather than slot and tab interlocking, it used a thin strip of paper slid through the tab as locking device…otherwise ; ]



Interior Diamond

Interior Tab

Expanded Interior


Monday, May 28, 2018

Monday Muse - Folding Paper

Blizzard Book


Add Pages

Folded Spine
As I trudge along with the book projects it feels odd not to be working on something in the bindery. The main thing that draws me to books is my fondness for paper and there is no better way to maintain my handwork than frequently folding paper. This is a study of Hedi Kyle"s infamous Blizzard Book [aka origami book, crown book] and there are plenty of tutorials online. The scrap 80# kraft sheet used in this study proved too stiff for the intricate folding.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Muse - Elliptical Sequence Structure

My take on the Elliptical Sequence Structure is a narrative of dependent images with certain images intentionally omitted to engage viewer participation. A double accordion binding will be employed to allow the viewer to alter the sequence of images to discover alternative narratives.

The concept was developed following an intensive study of Nathan Lyons’ Sequence Structures, a casual observation made while viewing two heavy monographs of Mario Giacomelli side by side [the images could be infinitely mixed and matched], and the whimsical notion of intentional omission.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday Muse - Bindery Break

On this the last day of an April that thought it was February, I take a break from the bindery to work outdoors with the camera and start a new sketchbook. Having absolutely no idea of what I will be working on, the notion is to simply arrive at a location and pick up on a thread of whatever the moment provides.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Folded Pages

Proof of concept study for folded prints glued to boards as [8] signatures with Coptic binding. The challenge will be in making images and text with unfolding Narratives.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Muse - Beyond the Photobook

Increasingly, the bindings have taken on the form of interactive Structures that invite viewer participation. This is a proof of concept study that allows for conventional page turns while suggesting a variety of alternative views. As the pages are attached only to the covers the pages can be pulled outward accordion style. The book will be made from double-sided abstract prints creating limitless view-thru opportunities.

Note: The ziggurat tape is temporary as the binding requirements are studied before covering the boards.   

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Slot & Tab Accordion

A simple double accordion structure requiring no sewing or glue. Two accordions are folded, a V shape is cut from one, then a wedge is cut [using the width of the V as a measurement] from the folds to the outside corner on the other. The wedge is rolled to slide thru the V. That's it. This would be best made as an eight-panel folded accordion, although the model shown is four panels. Love the light and shadow play!