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Re: Japanese stab binding
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: Japanese stab binding
- From: Sam Lanham <slanham@HCTC.NET>
- Date: Tue, 5 Aug 1997 17:35:07 -0400
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- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
At 10:37 AM 8/5/97 -0700, you wrote:
>Would you please share what other materials you use? I mean do you add
>any decorations or edgings and what do you use for string to tie them
>together (in other words is that a decorative accent too)?
Most of the books I make are blank books for journal writers, poets, etc.
Not being much of an artist myself and finding some support for this
approach in the Japanese zen aesthetic I use the materials as "decoration."
There are so many fine papers and well-designed fabrics available my
contribution is mainly the association of the parts. I have never done any
edging but gauffering, coloring, marbling and even gilding would certainly
be possible, particularly on edges that are trimmed. I usually trim only
the top edge and the spine. The foredge is folded and I leave a deckle at
the bottom, though the latter is not traditional with Japanese binders. My
sewing thread is not the traditional silk or cotton. I use waxed linen in a
color or colors compatible with the cover. Corner pieces, end papers, and a
book mark are selected in the same way.
Now that I'm retired from the college scene I hope to have more time to
experiment a bit. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Thanks for your interest.
Sam Lanham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I don't give a whit for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would
give my life for the simplicity the other side of complexity.
--O. W. Holmes.