Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bookbinding


These are a few images from the bookbinding class I taught last weekend. I didn´t have time to take many photographs myself, so most of these were captured by Anne Majakari who was both a participant in and an organizer of the course. If you check out her site, be sure to click the link "fotodgb" to have a look at her fantastic photo diary, and don´t miss the little plus-minus sign to the right, where you will find more images with text both in English and Swedish.

During this course all participants made two books, one case bound and one with coptic binding. We also did some marbled papers for end papers, which was incredibly fun!

I don´t think I ever saw such enthusiastic class participants anywhere, ever. Everybody worked constantly from 10 am to 8 pm on Saturday, and then started again around 9 am Sunday morning and worked all day. The whole weekend was all about bookbinding and sketchbooks, and it was so good to share some time with people who are all into inks, pens, paper, sketching and drawing. We even ended our dinner on Saturday night with a really geeky Noodler´s ink session, trying out all kinds of drawing tools and ink colours on large papers... Wonderful.

The books turned out beautifully, and I think everybody was happy with their books. I also think they all slept very well when they got home...

I want to send out a great THANK YOU to all the participants in the course, you really made my day (well, weekend), and special hugs to Anne and Christina who put in a huge amount of work to organize everything so well.

11 comments:

anne said...

THANK YOU NINA! for your wonderful teaching skills and enthusiasm for us participants. must have been quite a task to deal with! ;)

it was a wonderful weekend and what a wonderful time we had, all of us! so inspiring and great to learn how to make own sketch books. i think most of us are already on the third book in our minds...

looking forward to the "project" we talked about during the weekend and it's great to have you with us! you are a true inspiration!

Sandy said...

What gorgeous books, I can imagine what fun everyone had - sounds like the workshop of the century!! Wish there was more pictures !!

E-J said...

Sounds like an immense amount of fun - and what beautiful sketchbooks! I am very envious!

Anita Davies said...

I so wish I could have been there. I need to SEE something to DO it and I'd love to be able to bind my own books.
So pleased it went well.

littlemithi said...

I so wish I had you as a teacher ...

josé louro said...

Guess i'll try. One day...

Lindsay said...

Congrats on your book binding class. The photos are lovely and sounds like you all had a great time.

SCquiltaddict said...

lovely book...wish i could have taken the class

Alison said...

Yes, bookbinding can be quite addictive - but filling journals takes such a long time. Lovely examples here

caseytoussaint said...

This looks wonderful - wish I could have been there!

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