Bookbinding Workshop

In this workshop, we were introduced to bookbinding and the importance of paper, which was led by Kieron. Bookbinding is a process of assembling a book. To get to the book, there are many ways of binding a book’s edge such as gluing the pages or sewing it together with thread through the folds. Kieron showed us how we could ourselves make our own sketchbooks from many different materials that can sometimes be found lying around an office space or in your house, and showed us many small sketchbooks made from paper folded and cut and the covers made from old cardboard folders, amongst other things.

Kieron handed out publised books as examples of how books can be made.

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Kieron showed us the examples of books he has created already using different methods of binding. Also he showed us how we could ourselves make our own sketchbooks from many different materials that can sometimes be found lying around an office space or in your house, and showed us many small sketchbooks made from paper folded and cut and the covers made from old cardboard folders, amongst other things. This tutorial, he took us through on how to create a book using the glue binding method.

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The images I took were stages of how to bind the book with glue.

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The final stage would look like this:

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On top of this, we were introduced to the ‘French fold’. Also known as the right-angle fold, the french fold was achieved by folding many pieces of paper in half, and then in half again, with the creases of the paper facing outwards when assembled into a book. This allowed the paper to gain a little thickness and is an easy way to maximise the way we can use paper in making our very own books. With a good-sized stack of paper in hand, Kieron proceeded to use the binding machine, making sure the paper was straight and aligned, with a few pages coming out from either side of the press (as these pages would receive some damage in the binding process and so would probably be discarded later).

After applying two layers of glue on the edges of the paper that would be the interior crease, the stack of paper were now bonded together and could be ripped out individually from the sketchbook. Some scrim may be used, with a layer of glue applied to the paper and the scrim put in place in the middle of the seam. We could then apply the cover of our choosing, but we didn’t do it in class as the glue had not yet dried. All in all, the class was informative and allowed us to learn of a simple way to make our own sketchbooks, and I think I probably will end up doing some for myself using this method.

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