A private commission, I made this sketchbook/journal and created the personalised cover for a 30th birthday present.
As a lover of all things books, I wanted to create a classic sketchbook and cover for Holly, whilst maintaining a contemporary style.
The sketchbook was made with an exposed coptic stitch in contrasting colour, with handprinted endpapers.
I love this style of binding for a sketchbook as it leaves much more room to add things without distorting the pages. It also means you can open up the sketchbook flat for easier working.
The cover uses upholstery fabric so it's more robust and I also added some wadding to the spine for further protection.
I stumbled across the tunnel book format after discovering Edward Gorey’s The Tunnel Calamity (photo by Steve Miller) online - and I’d pretty much give my right arm to get hold of an actual copy.
Although its not a classic, or terribly elegant binding, the scope for illustration, art and craft is pretty overwhelming with this style of book. There’s something inherently mysterious and curiosity-inducing about a peephole, we cant help but look into peoples windows, through keyholes, under beds and through trees, so being able to create a whole array of different worlds and convey different ideas using this concept is very exciting indeed.
Here, I’m just testing out the idea with some quick papercuts to get a feel for how the book should work. The moon at the back is hanging in the gap by thread to give it more movement, which I think works nicely, although it could do with some extra space and maybe a more interesting design so it draws the focus better. The distance between pages needs to be longer too, so more light can get in to add depth and so everything can be properly seen.
My brain is already awash with ideas for this style of book. However, I’m currently working on a specific project, so will attempt to keep within those parameters for the moment!
Further adventures in book-binding…
This is coptic binding with mdf covers and mixed paper signatures.