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Re: Advice for sketches

Joyce Jenkins of Alaska asked for advice on the binding of a series of
sketches. It so happens that in the Winter '94 issue of the CBBAG
Newsletter, I wrote an article about an adaptation of an archival album
mat-leaf design, originally devised by Richard Horton in Texas.
        Horton's mat-leaf is ideal for photographs or other items where the
margins are small and consistent, allowing for a production-line approach.
My adaptation was based on accomodating a series of sketches, basically all
the same image area on same-sized pieces of paper, but the images are
inconsistently placed on the sheets (ie, different margins on each piece),
so that in the finished album all images are in the same position relative
to the page, and they can be viewed sequentially in the album, or they can
be individually removed for study or display, and easily returned to the
album. The images are secure in their mounts without glue, and can be
removed without cutting threads or destroying anything.
        Individual pages (mat-leaves) start out as basically a double-wide
sheet of paper folded in half (to be bound Japanese-style, or on posts)
with the fold on the foredge. Once the size of the opening is known (ie,
the opening which the image will show through), this rectangle is marked on
the right-hand inside of an unfolded mat-leaf, positioned relative to the
top edge and the (future) fold. An X is drawn joining the corners, and the
X is cut with a knife. Fold the triangular flaps back along the marked
edges of the opening. Then, with the mat-leaf face-down on a light-table
(or windowpane), manoeuvre the sketch (also face down) until the
positioning of the image area within the opening is correct, and fold the
flaps forward over the edges of the sketch/paper. When the uncut half of
the leaf is folded over, the sketch is secure. Turn it face up to see the
sketch framed nicely and snug in its enclosure.
        It is also necessary to fold in some of the free ends (ie, the
spine ends) of the mat-leaf to compensate for the extra thickness of the
folded triangles as well as the sketch itself. If they are folded to the
inside of the mat-leaf, they won't show between the pages.
        This is more complex to describe than to do, so the above may be
confusing. Don't hesitate to e-mail me if you have questions.

Richard Miller
Abraxas/Peppermint Press
Editor, CBBAG Newsletter
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