I’m over at Design*Sponge, one of my favorite blogs, with the first of a three-part “Bookbinding 101” series.
My avocation became a vocation in 2010 when my partner and I left our beloved New York City for adventure in Singapore. I left behind a strong book arts community in the States and was eager to find or create one in my new home in Asia. So, in 2011, I launched a series of classes via [this] blog. Soon after, I was featured in The Straits Times, the national broadsheet, and became the go-to gal for book arts on this tiny island. Most recently, I’ve entered a long-term partnership with the National Arts Council to bring the book arts to as many as possible.
In my classes, I encourage students to look at the book or book-like structure as an art object and not merely as a vessel for their “content.” I remind them that all the elements of an artist’s book—from the paper to the text and/or images—are deliberately inter-connected and work in concert.
I’ve worked with children and senior citizens and I relish the challenge of sharing my love of this quirky art with those who may not have the access or the means to procure expensive tools and materials.
My former students will recognize that the five-hole pamphlet stitch, the first “Bookbinding 101” post, is a variation of the three-hole pamphlet stitch that I teach in my introductory class!
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My profuse thanks to the very talented Claire Dalgliesh, an Australian designer and blogger currently based in sunny Singapore, who shot and edited the step-by-step photographs and drew illustrated diagrams for this series.
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UPDATE 1 (March 14): Part 2, Japanese Four-Hole Binding, is up!
UPDATE 2 (March 21): Part 3, Accordion Book, is up!