Things that make you go 'hmm'…
Back to the drawing board
I wanted to make a sketch book for L’s son who is a very talented young illustrator. He had said that it would be useful to have different kinds of paper in a book so that he could choose the surface he wanted depending on the drawing he was doing. I pondered on this and came up with two solutions, one was a coptic stitched book (good for a sketch book as it opens out flat – see below) which had two different types of paper in it, a smooth sketch paper and a rough watercolour paper, and the second idea was this book. The pages can be taken out, added to and at the moment are the same combination as the coptic book but can be easily changed for other sorts of paper as required.
I had a try at this ‘album’ sort of binding before and it was not a success. This has worked much better and I am quite pleased with it. The papers on the covers are lovely Japanese papers and I have used a black linen book cloth for the spine.
I have also been experimenting with a soft cover book. I wanted to try this eventually with suede or leather but this card prototype is quite fun and you get the idea of what I am aiming for. It’s very rough but was useful in working out potential problems. Next one I make, I shall photograph each step as I complete it!