Having resolved my text printing issue I’ve been able to go ahead and construct my book.
It ticks nearly all the boxes re construction, just a couple of tiny niggles that I’ve learned to improve for my next one in this style. As a printmaker, much of what I print are on single sheets, so no folded folios to be attached through a back spine. The Japanese stab-binding technique provides both a functional and decorative means of assembly.
The components of this book consist of 45gsm handmade paper pages – from recycled prints – and a mountboard front and back covered in handmade paper and Japanese washi paper with gold and silver embedded flecks. The side spine has been stitched with 16/2 waxed linen thread and the entire exterior has been sealed with satin varnish to increase durability.
This was a very satisfying project with a good outcome.
Last weekend I taught bookmaking at the new Arts Muster event in the Blue Mountains and this was one of my samples. The participants all achieved similar looking outcomes and here is the finished book by one of the students, Lee.