Marbled Monday: SC&A joins the Art Department
For this week’s “Marbled Monday” post, I am sharing something a little different than usual. Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of visiting professor Bill Kitchen’s bookbinding class in Loyola’s art department. As project assistant in Special Collections & Archives, my background in bookbinding and repair is something I love sharing with students interested in book art. I spent the afternoon teaching art students one of my favorite sewing patterns: the French-web or two-hole link stitch binding. I often use this particular sewing structure when repairing dis-bound books in our stacks. I chose to incorporate handmade paper tapes to add a bit of style to the exposed spines of their books and also allow for hard-cover attachment.
A student trims her folios on the board shear, which is essentially a giant scissor used to cut square, accurate measurements.
Before sewing, each section of the textblock was punched using an awl, punching jig, and cradle to keep the paper steady.
A student positions her sewn book on davy board to measure her covers.
After sifting through the class’ selection of decorative wallpaper samples, this student chose a fun vegetable pattern for the cover of her book.
-one marbled board attached, and one to go!
-a finished book with a French-web sewing pattern over handmade paper tapes attached to marbled covers.
-a happy bookbinder with her finished book!
Thanks again to Bill and his wonderful students!