Biblioforge – my Etsy store

I have been making a few changes in my work life and have decided to offer manufactured products with my design on my Biblioforge Etsy store. This was always my intention by having a book arts blog and Etsy store with the same name, and now I’ve managed to do it.

The store features my calligraphic designs that are made onto shirts, cups and other wearable items manufactured by a fulfillment house. I am designing and making a number of bookbindings – case bound as well as wooden board, leather bindings. Below is a coffee cup with a watercolor pencil alphabet. I like the loose, sketchy quality of the letters and the washed-edge forms created with water.

Calligraphic Alphabet Mug

Having a fulfillment house make my designs, frees me to offer more things and make even more designs.

My bookbinding has been somewhat on hold, however last year I spent some time making a girdle book for a client. It was a great experience to make something for a client rather than just my own use. IMG_2820

I will be writing about the girdle book structure soon as I’ll be teaching a class for the Hand Bookbinders of California in February.

Next week I’ll have a new shop space so that I can focus more on binding and calligraphic projects. I’ll be giving you a visual dosage of some of the things I’m doing.

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Make Your Mark @The Compound Gallery

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Are you afflicted with kinesthetic connection? Do you still like to write or draw with a pen or brush on paper? Do you get an oxytocin hit from feeling the feedback of the paper through your mark-making tool?

We have help for you. The only cure is to get closer to that connection. Make Your Mark gives you the means of making your own writing, drawing, painting tools. In three hours you’ll learn to make a quill pen, a reed pen and a soda-can folded pen (modified ruling pen). You’ll also get the chance to play with these tools with different paper and media – ink, gouache or watercolor.

Once you know the ancient (anything older than last year is ancient, right?) ways of making your own tools, you’ll have the means to connect even more with your work.

Make Your Mark workshop at The Compound Gallery
1167 65th st. Oakland, CA 94608
Saturday, June 18, 2016. 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
$33 workshop + $7 materials = $40
Feathers and bamboo sticks if you want to bring them.

Medieval Pocketbook Class @ NIMBY May 30, 2015

MEDIEVAL POCKETBOOK – Sunday, May 30, 2015 10:00am – 5:00 pm

Before printing ruined everything, books were made entirely by hand. Parchment or paper for writing and illuminating the text, and wooden boards, leather and maybe some metal for the binding. This isn’t to say all technology is bad, but books don’t hold up like they used to. Now you can make one that will last long after you are gone.

Cheery thought, no?

Learning this earlier style of binding will set the beginner on the road of discovery and the advanced binder onto greater technical skill.

Mesquite wood boards, leather and nickel-silver metal patches. Measures 2.5

Mesquite wood boards, leather and nickel-silver metal patches. Measures 2.5″ x 4″ fits into back pocket easily.

Mesquite boards drilled and channelled ready for attachment

Mesquite boards drilled and channelled ready for attachment

Boards laced onto text block

Boards laced onto text block

Boards hung onto textblock with leather sewing supports

Boards hung onto textblock with leather sewing supports

This is a fast-paced class where you will work steadily throughout the day to make a complete book measuring about 2.5” x 4” with 96 pages. The textblock will be sewn on linen cord supports and laced into the covers in a traditional medieval type of binding.

Student's bindings after one day class

Student’s bindings after one day class

Student work from class in Seaside, CA 2014

Student work from class in Seaside, CA 2014

The craft techniques are simple enough that you will be able to make more books after you take this class. A tools and supplier’s list will be provided so that you can make more books on your own.

It is best if you have some hand skills.

Tools and materials are included in the fee, you don’t have to bring anything unless you have favorite bookbinding tools.

BiblioForge is presenting a workshop at NIMBY, located at 8410 Amelia St., Oakland, CA 94621.
NIMBY has a decade-long history in promoting the arts and crafts of the 21st Century. Its industrial space has common woodshop, machine shop and gallery space as well as offering studio space to fabricators, artists and builders.

MEDIEVAL POCKETBOOK

$125 materials included

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

@ NIMBY 8410 Amelia St., Oakland, CA

Sunday, May 30, 2015

Ouroboros Binding

This binding is a combination of late Coptic structure with a limp binding leather-covered sewing support cut through outer cover. The boards are sewn as the first and last signatures, then pasted together to make cartonnage boards. When the leather sewing support thongs are then laced through the boards, the book has bound itself to itself, making an ouroboros structure.

 

Ouroboros binding

Ouroboros binding

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Drawing done in July, 2014

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Sewing frame with double cords

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Cover leather with thongs

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Cover Leather glued together

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First stitching

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Inside of cover with first stitching

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Cover with both stitched attachments

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Textblock on sewing frame with leather cover set before frame

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Text block on sewing frame with leather cover

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Sewing stations cut into spine

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Sewing as it progresses on the frame

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First and last signatures shown before making cartonnage for cover boards

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Textblock sitting on cover leather

Determining placement of text block on cover leather.

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Cover with sewing support slots cut

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Lined textblock in press, awaiting black leather liner

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Cover laid over spine of textblock to insure alignment with sewing supports

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Spine leather laid on spine of textblock in press

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Black leather liner in place, cover laid over for alignment

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Template to insure alignment of black leather liner

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Black leather liner/support caps in place and laced through

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Sewing endbands

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Textblock with sewing supports covered, leather cover ready to attach

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Cover leather set in place over spine

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Pasted up cover leather

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Cover leather drawn over cartonnage boards

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The Ouroboros process continues. Thongs pulled through to outside cover, ready for lacing.

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Pasting up watercolor paper first and last signatures to make the first layer of the Ouroboros structure.

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Thongs now laced through cover leather

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Wrapping cover leather over cartonnage boards

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Cutting endcaps for spine turn-in

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Turning in at covers, leaving endcaps exposed

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Trimmed cover leather for endcaps

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Endcaps turned in, leather ready to turn in around boards

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Thongs passing through cover prior to turn-ins

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Spine support cover leather showing inside outter leather cover

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Turning in leather over cartonnage boards

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Cover leather turned-in

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Cover over boards, ready for lacing through boards

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Holes punched through boards ready for lacing

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Thongs laced through cartonnage boards making the Ouroboros binding active

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Cartonnage showing laced thongs prior to pasting up endpapers

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Manipulating leather turn-ins and corner cuts

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Paste-downs in place

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Endpapers with textblock open

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Back endpapers

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New book splayed open to show covers and spine

 

Medieval Pocketbook Class held at NIMBY Sunday, March 1, 2015

MEDIEVAL POCKETBOOK – Sunday, March 1, 2015 10:00am – 5:00 pm

 

Before printing ruined everything, books were made entirely by hand. Parchment or paper for writing and illuminating the text, and wooden boards, leather and maybe some metal for the binding. This isn’t to say all technology is bad, but books don’t hold up like they used to. Now you can make one that will last long after you are gone.

Cheery thought, no?

Learning this earlier style of binding will set the beginner on the road of discovery and the advanced binder onto greater technical skill.

Mesquite wood boards, leather and nickel-silver metal patches. Measures 2.5" x 4" fits into back pocket easily.

Mesquite wood boards, leather and nickel-silver metal patches. Measures 2.5″ x 4″ fits into back pocket easily.

 

Mesquite boards drilled and channelled ready for attachment

Mesquite boards drilled and channelled ready for attachment

Boards laced onto text block

Boards laced onto text block

Boards hung onto textblock with leather sewing supports

Boards hung onto textblock with leather sewing supports

This is a fast-paced class where you will work steadily throughout the day to make a complete book measuring about 2.5” x 4” with 96 pages. The textblock will be sewn on linen cord supports and laced into the covers in a traditional medieval type of binding.

Student's bindings after one day class

Student’s bindings after one day class

Student work from class in Seaside, CA 2014

Student work from class in Seaside, CA 2014

The craft techniques are simple enough that you will be able to make more books after you take this class. A tools and supplier’s list will be provided so that you can make more books on your own.

It is best if you have some hand skills.

Tools and materials are included in the fee, you don’t have to bring anything unless you have favorite bookbinding tools.

 

BiblioForge is presenting a workshop at NIMBY, located at 8410 Amelia St., Oakland, CA 94621.
NIMBY has a decade-long history in promoting the arts and crafts of the 21st Century. Its industrial space has common woodshop, machine shop and gallery space as well as offering studio space to fabricators, artists and builders.

 

MEDIEVAL POCKETBOOK

10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

@ NIMBY 8410 Amelia St., Oakland, CA

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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Vintage Post Cards Reprinted

Letterpress printed 100+ year old type cut

Letterpress printed 100+ year old type cut

I needed access to a letterpress machine – without buying one. The best deal in town is to take Contemporary Letterpress with Grendl Löfkvist at City College of San Francisco, so I did that.

Post Card type cut from early 1900s

Post Card type cut from early 1900s

It was supposed to be meant for people wanting to learn how to translate a design into a photopolymer plate, but I kinda didn’t get the message – and printed woodblocks (see last post) and some 100+ year old type cuts that I’ve had for a while.

I wanted to make postcards that evoked the past, but would be affordable (and useable) today. I chose Fabriano Mediovalis as paper for those that like to use a fountain pen to write with.

Vintage type cut used to make contemporary post card.

Vintage type cut used to make contemporary post card.

I put them up on my BiblioForge Etsy store if you’d like a set. They’re $12.00 for five.

This isn’t earth shattering design, just a bit of fun, so have some!

 

New Year – 2015!

Last year, I managed to teach a few classes but spent most of the year in a migraine fog; seven months without relief. But near the end of last year, I found a bodywork treatment that has relieved the pain. I didn’t get much done – and no blogging in a year!

Now that I feel better, I’ll be posting again. 😉

While I wasn’t able to do much work last year, I did some and I’ll post up my efforts as I go along.

I have an Etsy store called BiblioForge (tricky branding, right?) and have posted a few calligraphic woodblock prints.

The e.e. cummings quote was cut a couple of years ago and this fall I printed it letterpress.

Woodblock printed letterpress

Woodblock printed letterpress

Be Of Love woodblock handprinted

Be Of Love woodblock handprinted

The alphabet was fun – I used a ruling pen to write out the letters, then cut them in wood. Printing on a Vandercook letterpress is a nice experience and oil based ink is completely different than water based ink.

Freely written alphabet cut in wood and printed letterpress

Freely written alphabet cut in wood and printed letterpress

I'm a printer!

I’m a printer!

These two prints are available at BiblioForge on Etsy. The new year promises to be productive in terms of making and researching books!