A first edition?

10 Aug 2011

Our very first book "collection"?

Some people toil for years obssessively on an idea, concrete, never managing to bear any fruit.  Others collect every piece of scrap-paper and stray postcard that they find and store them in a mysterious bag of goodies waiting patiently for the time when a spark will descend from the heavens and don them with the creative inspiration sufficient to produce a tiny wonder. The latter is what applies to this tale.

We decided to produce a small edition of these postcard booklets in commanding colours with a Japanese hand stab-stitch and a variety of threads. They turned out really well and for the interior covers, we used whatever we had around: scrap paper, namely. One even has a simple collage design which I think is quite funny, though you may never see it!

Overall, we learned a few clear lessons during the production of this edition:

  • Don´t break your tools
  • Don´t underestimate the importance of paper weight
  • Don´t obsess over the finest of details
  • If you care about what you´re doing your books will look good in the end
  • Keep making mistakes and keep learning from them, but don’t ever stop.

Of course, there are numerous others but I´ll save those for the future.  For now we´re going to bask in the glory of our fine achievement.

An other nice picturo of our edition of japanese stab-stitched books

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Japanese Stab-Stitch & Postcard Cover

18 Jul 2011

Els elefants són grans!

The proportions here are slightly inverted as you can see by our little red friend.  Today we learned to use the traditional Japanese stab-stitch; typically, this is done with rice paper, but we had some glossy card-stock lying around and decided to cut the pages individually.

It ended up being a bit difficult to punch the holes with our bodkin, but we managed fairly well, even though by the end, we realised that we´d been a bit cheap with the thread and had to find a clever means by which to finish the stitch and knot the thread.  Thus, you are welcomed by the presence of our companion.

The cover is simply a cropped postcard.  Everything, save the thread, is found.

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