Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Isabelle Veilleux

These journals are the A5 but a bit larger ones with 160 pages. Isabelle followed on from the work Sam was doing in sewing in a variety of endpapers then making hard cases for them. Isabelle also completed valuable set of photos of the wide variety of binding materials for our records.

Isabelle Veilleux from Quebec, Canada.

Isabelle Veilleux came as a WWOOFer but as she is a fabric artist from Quebec became an 'artist in residence'. Isabelle is having a look at some of our 'artist books' while sharing a special food treat from her home town. Lemon cake. Very nice!       www.macour.wordpress.com

Sam Link from Minneapolis.

Sam spent time sewing the 10 sections of 4 folded leaves together. The paper is 'Eden Grove Laid' 90 gsm with a lovely crown watermark. In my research I find the paper mill where this paper was made is in Scotland. It started its life as a tannery in 1822 then converted to a paper mill about 1858. The mill has been closed down for 10 years but has been restored as a working papermaking museum.

Feilding Intermediate 'Give it a go' programme.

Boys concentrate on the fine sections of their MDF carvings. The tools are very sharp ( I import them from Japan. There are 9 different blades in the series). I emphasise the need to keep both hands on the handle or a least behind the blade!

Feilding Intermediate School 'Give it a go' programme.

The students have completed their first cut and now ink up their first colour to print 5 copies of their carving. Pick up and roll is the instruction for the inking.

Feilding Intermediate School 'Give it a go' programme'.

The set of Journals have been just 'cased in', top and tail before pressure is applied.
On the front cover you can see the impression that has been created with heavy lead type. The case is impressed 'BINDI' with the type on the Hunters Proof Press (100 year old stereo proofing press). The students have learned how to set the type in the correct way to achieve a great result.

Feilding Intermediate School with their 'Give it a go' programme.

The set of 12 freshly 'cased in' journals are placed top and tail under a clean flat board covered with some heavy weights. The books are best left like this overnight before anyone opens the Journal. As the glue dries fully the strength of the construction increases and  after some hours under pressure the book will open right out and be very strong. ( I let the students take their Journals with them and they promise to put them under a stack of books overnight before 'opening' them in the morning.)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sam Link from Minneapolis, USA

Sam Link was very keen to learn about letterpress printing and bookbinding. She was very careful in the folding and sewing stage of the 2 different journals I am making at the moment. I chose a wide range of papers and cards suitable as end papers in the journals to give each one a special 'look'.  We made about 20 x  160 page A5 Journals and about 20 x 100 page 160mm square Journals.  Some of these are leather bound and the rest a range of bookbinding materials. Sam prepared this special home town meal for us.

Amy Kern 'artist in residence' from New York

Amy Kern is carving the third cut on the lino for her 'little house' print. During her 4 days here at Homeprint Amy worked like crazy to complete a wonderful set of images using a variety of mediums. Letterpress card with border, three colour lino print, relief solarplate using a drawing on ground glass, intaglio print from a painting on ground glass and sewing and 'casing in' a number of journals for me and one for herself. 'Blue Tape Design' is Amy's great blog, worth a look.