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A VICTORIOUS WEEK in the Smallest Bindery in the World

A CHAMPIONI SAY UNTO YOU THAT I AM A BINDING CHAMPION!!! Despite last week’s demoralizing mold episode and subsequent defeatist post,  I shook off the spores and bound VICTORIOUSLY! I made progress on three projects this week. Perhaps you’d like to see photos of my illustrious efforts? BEHOLD, MY ILLUSTRIOUS EFFORTS!

I made a very first mockup for the New Idea that I am working on with Dave Allen. The rough tests we produced before he returned to the states have been sitting in a drawer making me feel bad, and so, LIKE A CHAMPION,  I CREATED A  BOOK OUT OF THEM WITH MY BARE HANDS. These are the very early stages of design, and just about everything is going to change, but I do think the tall & narrow format of the book suits our aims, which include creating human forms out of data. (more details on all of that later)

mockup number oneBelow you can see our starting point for the print tests.

The IdeaHere are the rough tests, loose on my desk.

tests and then a few seconds later BEHOLD, A BOOK!

Tall, Slim, OrangeThe content below is simply a jumbled assembly rather than a deliberately designed sequence, but it shows our rough intentions.

hey hey

mockup, openI’m planning on getting neck-deep into this book very soon, but first I have to clear the decks of older projects. Like, say, this one:

I VICTORIOUSLY made the boxes for three more copies of the deluxe edition of Fond this week, two of which have already sold and need to go to their new homes. The pine cone, the button, and the little yellow car are  now all housed in special compartments alongside the book and the prints. These boxes are difficult but hugely satisfying to make. Here is the pine cone box in an early stage:

pine cone deluxeThe completed box trays with their books inside, ready to be adhered to cases:

Deluxe copies in progressCompleted boxes closed:

Deluxe edition, closedOpened:

Deluxe edition, openAND BEHOLD!!!! Here they are opened just a little more:

Deluxe edition, even more openSix out of ten of these deluxe copies are finished. I’m going to shift gears this week and get back to binding copies of the standard edition of the book. The total edition size is 75 copies and I’d like to push through and bind them all in the next couple of months. LIKE A CHAMPION!

Why make one book when you can make ten? Because I am a VICTORIOUS BINDING CHAMPION and an multiples addict, I am editioning the book I created for the Ideation by Chance exhibition at the Seager Gray Gallery in California. Two more copies (for a grand total of three out of ten) are now complete.

Simulations on a two dimensional grid

SimulationsThis book is letterpress printed, hand drawn, folded and waxed. Every step must be repeated carefully and identically. I VICTORIOUSLY made a series of templates to help me accomplish this.

IMG_7119Below you can see a finished copy of the project. I will soon be making this book available for purchase, stay tuned for information.

Simulations on a Two-Dimensional Grid

Folds, holes, wax

Yes, things are feeling a little more upbeat over here this week . More binding and some teaching at the London Centre for Book Arts coming up in the next few days. And soon. . . a printing press? Watch this space. (BEHOLD, THIS SPACE!!!)

Also  This is my grandmother.

13 comments on “A VICTORIOUS WEEK in the Smallest Bindery in the World

  1. melpoluck
    January 28, 2013


  2. velma
    January 28, 2013

    i was hoping the mold hadn’t engulfed YOU! yay for miracles!

  3. Laura.
    January 28, 2013

    i’m totally impressed. and i just fell apart reading about your grandmother!! sometimes humanity can be so damn encouraging.

  4. kjmakker
    February 1, 2013

    skinny tall book! gorgeous creases paper! you are making beautiful beautiful objects!

  5. Abigail Thomas
    February 2, 2013

    Binding champion indeed! Saw this and thought of you and that tiny space you have:

    • Big Jump Press
      February 2, 2013

      I can’t believe that exists. It is like a dream.

      • Abigail Thomas
        February 3, 2013

        Yeah, an expensive dream! But isn’t it a beautiful thing?!

      • Big Jump Press
        February 3, 2013

        It is absolutely glorious.

  6. sarahnicholls
    February 10, 2013

    You know, I saw that article about your grandmother before knowing it was your grandmother, and thought to myself, now that must be the cutest grandmother ever.

  7. Elaine Nishizu
    March 28, 2013

    Just read the wedding announcement of your grandmother. She sounds like gem. I think we now know who you take after!

    • Big Jump Press
      March 28, 2013

      Thanks, Elaine! So you know, I think you and my grandmother may have a button in common!

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