Tuesday, 16 October 2007

more trees anyone?

My favorite thing to do with a bit of paper is fold it into a concertina. There's something so very satisfying about matching up edges and creasing, folding and creasing and ending up with a little paper caterpillar that can squash and open and flex. And a concertina is so versatile as a book structure. I love how long concertina strips bend and pages sewn in the gutters move with them, flopping about all over the place.


In this book the pages are sewn on top of the crease and the difference is subtle but there none the less; the spine stays stiffer while the pages seem to move more freely. I'm pleased with how this book closes flat but opens further than you would expect; how the spine extends ever so slightly, the pages move over each other and the pictures change. It's nice to turn the pages...


And I cut an extra tree hole in the front (it looked a bit plain...) now when it's stood up the concertina makes a tunnel book...


Sometimes it takes me ages to get a book to work, a real struggle. This one seems to have come together ok, nice and simple is the way I think...

5 comments:

marianne said...

of course, more trees! I can't imagine ever growing tired of your beautiful books and trees!

Hyena In Petticoats said...

Yum.

All of your books are gorgeous, and I L.O.V.E the spine on this one....

xx

Sarah said...

Sarah your books are all so amazing. You have a real gift!
I have bookbinding class after work tonight. One more term in the hope to make some notebooks etc for Christmas presents. But I have to admit, after a long busy day at work I find it hard to focus in class for 3 hours. Hopefully I will be productive!
Thank for your comments on Matthew and the cookbook. I was so upset when I read the article. Life sucks sometime you know?!

Uschi said...

this is a beautiful, dreamy, fairytal-y- eye-catcher. Amazing!

Anna said...

Ohhh lovely! There is something about this book that reminds me of some garments that a friend made a few years back. I love how it is all cutaway and revealing all the layers. fantastic!