Letterpress and Bookbinding

I recently co-faciliated a letterpress and bookbinding workshop with printmaker Mary Plunkett in the Creative Spark Art Centre in Dundalk.  Participants were asked to bring in a piece of text that they wanted to print. Mary helped them set their type and print their pages on an Adana press. Once the pages were printed, we bound the books using a Flag binding. This binding is creates an interesting and innovative means of display text and imagery, where the page are split and flow in opposite directions. Each participant also got to create their…
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Sculptural books workshop

Here are some photos from a bookbinding workshop I facilitated in the Graphic Studio Dublin. We made several types of interactive and sculptural books: accordion flexagon books, star books and crown books. Hedi Kyle, an innovative book artist, invented many of these bindings which focus on using folds, rather than sewing or glue, in order to create a book. We also made lots of paste paper. This is an extremely durable form of decorative paper that is used for book covers and endsheets. This method of paper design was invented in the…
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