Monday, 29 April 2013

Heart Book Prototype

I have been wanting to create some books, with a more unusual shape, for quite a while. So here is my prototype for a little heart book with an open spine binding. Armed with one of my standard book blocks and a junior hacksaw ... here's what I came up with ... next step ... find a kindly soul who will let me play with their band saw.

My inspiration was the awe inspiring Heart Book, made around 1550,  from the collection of the National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen University.Click here for the original link 

                                       The Heart Book

Friday, 12 April 2013

More dyed threads

Do you ever have one of those weeks where you feel as though all your effort is going into stockpiling materials rather than using them? I've spent this week stocking up on my book-cloth and dying my own threads. Now I've made them I just want to sit and play with them ... order them into appealing piles. I even made some of my own thread winders because I wasn't happy with the shop bought ones. Time to stop playing and get that book out of the press!
Haphazard results with a couple of pans and some commercial dyes.