Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Pictorial Bookbindings

Oh, dear, my blog has been sadly neglected lately. I have been spending the last few weeks working out new designs for journals, and also for some artist books I have in mind to make. Now I just have to find the time to make it all.... I have a couple of Christmas craft shows looming on the horizon, so the journals and other things I sell at shows will take priority right now.

I've also been reading more books on bookbinding. The one I'm reading right now is Pictorial Bookbindings, by Mirjam Foot. It's an interesting little book. It briefly covers a variety of bindings that have (as you might guess) pictures on the covers. Has lots of photos of different bindings, which is good, and illustrations of a variety of ways bookbinders have decorated bindings--pen and ink drawings, paintings, leather inlays, carved ivory, and hammered metal, to name a few. One of my favourite sections is on embroidered bindings--here you can see an example on the front cover of an embroidered book cover created in 1633:




The spine is even embroidered with flowers and bees, and the book had its own storage bag, which was also lavishly embroidered. Wish I had time to make such wonderfully intricate covers, but not in this lifetime, alas... however, I am working on a design for an artist's book that involves embroidery, although not in quite the same way. But more on that later...

3 comments:

acornmoon said...

Hi,
I came across a beautiful example of an embroidered book cover recently in a library/museum. It was a Walter Crane book embroidered by his wife Mary.The book you feature looks good, like you I sometimes think I need another five lifetimes.Good luck with your artist book!

Ciara said...

I have an old embroidered book cover (no book) that was in our house when we moved in. I have it put away carefully and have been thinking up all sorts of things to do with it. One of these days...

Sweetwater Designs said...

what a treasure that would be..