Saturday, 12 May 2018

A Little Progress

I have finished binding a Victorian printing of a text on fossils. The pages were so old, they were brown and brittle. I decided to trim the book down as far as I could and it ended up okay as I have cut away all the brown and brittle bits. And I created a cover based on one of the plates of fossils plus a bit of Photoshopping printed on canvas.

Next I am going to start on miniature books. I have always liked them , well since I saw an exhibition in the Scottish NationalLibrary. So I am doing one from scratch, folding and splitting the paper and sewing up the spine. It will form part of the MAKING exhibition of photos. I have nearly reached the end for my year studying photograph and the last assignment is to organise an exhibition, albeit a virtual one. But I have organised a real one to be held at the National Needlework Archive. The exhibition is about people making things, so furniture, felt bowls, quilts and so on for ten makers. I will be the bookbinder but the rest have been very kind and said yes when asked. It has been a steep learning curve, because each is an A1 poster and the format must be identical through out. So just to show here is one of lacemaking by Kath Harris.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.