Friday, February 22, 2019

Linked Hinge Binding - Proof of Concept


A simple binding based on interlocking tabs made from stock cut to 7.5" x 11".
The tabs are glued down as each page is assembled.


Spine View



1.5" score along the spine,  5 equal 1.5" sections cut into tabs. 


Cut half the pages to remove three sections and half with two sections removed.


Interlocking the three tab cover with a two tab page prior to gluing.


Interlocking the previous two tab page with a three tab page.


Glue down three tabs.


Glue down two tabs.



Working the spine against a straight edge to maintain alignment.


Three tab rear cover being slipped back through the previous page.

All in all a simple construction that could be assembled from letter size stock or smaller. The trick is keeping the spine edge aligned as it wants to creep, then square the fore edge after assembly in the book shear. For convenience, this POC with assembled with double stick tape though PVC glue would be necessary for a finished book with wax paper inserted between pages for protection and the entire assembly dried under some weight overnight.

*The cover could be made from 2 x width material folded in half with the fold being the fore edge and the leaves glued to a three tab page section.  


Note: Never assume all letter stock is either square or actually 8.5"x11".
For this simple little project, I had to both square "and" trim the papers to length.






Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fold-Up Book - Proof of Concept

Cover View

Stand Up

Inside View 
Page Layout



Join Two Flaps

Assembled Sections

A simple Fold-Up Book made from four squares of paper. Fold the sheet in half both ways, cut a slit from the bottom edge to center, then score from top left corner to the center for the fold. Pull the diagonal fold inward then double stick tape the two loose flaps together to enable the structure to stand vertically. Double stick tape all four structures together then add front and back covers.

Note: It's easier to add artwork, text etc. before joining the page flaps or structures. 

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Muse - Old technology just works


Honestly, I don’t have anything this week. As my current MacBook is five years old, last Thursdays MacBook Air announcement held my attention, though we’ll see how it does in the wild before making any serious considerations. For me, technology reached good enough in 2013, so my interest is primarily lighter weight and longer battery life.

Edit: 11/07/18 - Hands-on at the Apple store where I decided to use my 2013 MBP until it fails. Found the MBA edges too sharp, the display underwhelming, and lingering questions as to the durability of the keyboard.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Box Corner Assembly


Fabricated this 12"x15" box corner assembly from a closeout bamboo cutting board and cut pieces of 1" aluminum angle stock, drilled and screwed. It's used for accurately folding paper stock, aligning pages, and knocking up book blocks. Note: those sharp angle ends will need some rounding with a file.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday Muse - little FICTIONS


It could have been said last week that the working title for the 7” x 12-foot accordion structure started three weeks ago is "little FICTIONS", but I needed something for this week’s Muse. The notion is to complete one two page collage spread after the other, then pray for some kind of continuity at the end. The experience gained on the fly may prove helpful on a larger project in the future.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cold Wax Medium


Received what may be the definitive book on Cold Wax Medium with the notion of using the technique en collage and for book covers. A 362-page paperback that weighs a ton, I was worn out after the first read. Author's site…here.


Monday, October 22, 2018

Monday Muse - Momentum


After several prolific years my momentum has stumbled, hardly a unique experience for a creative, though it’s personally odd to experience very little finished work coming out the other end of the machine. [The problem appears to be in the feeding mechanism] From the beginning of the year, all the usual disrupters have come into play, but I attribute my current malaise to the desire to create something profound from a centuries-old craft utilizing the overdone medium of photography. Meanwhile, I have yard work and painting to do…

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Monday Muse - World Photobook Day


[Monday Muse a day early] October 14 is *World Photobook Day. Like so many good ideas #worldphotobookday appears to have run its course…though I continue albeit in singular support by making a book this morning. This structure was made from letter size Kraft with wide tabs folded on each edge then joined into an accordion structure.

*The date corresponds to the 1843 purchase by the British Museum of the first known photobook: Photographs of British Algae, Cyanotype impressions, by Anna Atkins. Try not to get too excited.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Muse

Orb Spider
A week ago I made a 7 inch by 12 foot [16] panel accordion structure for a photo collage project with the unrealistic notion of completing it by October 14 but the complexity of the collaged pages will necessitate more time. I need to find something to brute force by this Sunday.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Hedi Kyle - Franklin Book





From Art of the Fold, the so-called Franklin Book inspired by the drawings of Benjamin Franklin. The model was folded from a single sheet of flooring paper with three vertical slits cut in the top two thirds. When folded the book yields four expanding accordion folds. Note the dark spot on the left of the paper is the result of the first model having been knocked off the workbench into Katy's water bowl while making a larger version ; ]


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Art of the Fold


Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books was my first reference when I began making books in 2015. One of Hedi Kyle’s pieces was referenced in that book, and her work was frequently included in the subsequent titles I acquired. After intensive and periodic online searches I encountered rumors that this book was underway and ordered The Art of the Fold pre-publication from Amazon. The book arrived Oct 2 and kept me up until 1:30 AM for a first read. Highly recommended! You’ll find the book clear and concise with accurate drawing and supportive images. A treasure for those into bookcraft and excellent for the beginner.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday Muse - Anticipation


September was a month for anticipating the new camera technology to be introduced at the Photokina, followed by endless First Impression and Unboxing post on the Internets. While admitting to a photo geeks interest in technology, nothing was presented that would take the images “I didn’t make” with my once latest and greatest Fuji camera, though I am overjoyed for the people who will benefit from the new gear. My friend at the camera store said: “I hate to say it but what you have suits you just as well as the new camera”. [Was that a backhanded assessment of my meager ability ; ]. Let’s face it, you can “not make” an image on any camera,…do it all the time with my iPhone…at some point you have do something. Now I have October free to anticipate what MacBook announcement Apple will not make.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kentucky Fried Zine Fest


Took my camera to KFZ Fest held in the SAVS building. Good thing to put on your calendar.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday Muse - Vanishing Street


Last Thursday I did a walking loop of the SAVS faculty show, my first visit to the new Student Union building [a rat warren], and the Art Museum Meatyard exhibit. Fortunately, I captured one frame on South Upper as downtown proved even more deserted than usual given the heat.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Muse - Juanan Requena

Mask Shadows


The feminine side of Florence came through the Bluegrass today with a soft, gentle rain that any real street photographer would be working. Were it simply a matter of walking out my door to work an hour on the street I would be doing so, but as a close-in suburbanite, I rarely make the effort, which in turn brings up the question of commitment. It’s actually a connection issue I find difficult to resolve.

Meanwhile, I take the easy out and hop online with a pleasant cup of coffee accompanied by a new post from one of my favorite book artist, the Spaniard Juanan Requena a snapshot artist who specializes in roughshod collaged photo diaries and similarly irreverent exhibitions of single images. Spain is an epicenter for the photobook allowing Requena to build a workshop industry around the notoriety of his first published book Al Borde de todo Mapa being selected as Spain’s 2017 National Book of the Year. [trans: On the edge of every Map - sold out - edition of 1,500] Note the book can be viewed by clicking on the main image then right arrow key. Update: Vimeo Video

Or…how to make a post from another person's post.