On Saturday 12 Nov 2016 our Calliart was the assembly of our
“Word of the Month” pieces into a booklet under the guidance of our tutor Penny
Laver.It was an afternoon of fun with
wielding of hammers and awls and needle and thread in our foray once more into
the art of basic bookbinding.We even
drew the interest of cricketers in the adjacent field who came to see what all
the tapping was about.
The finished products were diverse and interesting with some
very imaginative covers and it was a satisfying completion to our yearlong
project.Penny as always was very
patient with our efforts at mastering the crisscrossing of threads in the
binding and we all completed our task with a nicely bound little book.
Southscribes, Inc. is kindly supported by Sutherland Shire Council
29th October 2016 10 am – 4 pm Tutor; Val Keeevers
Held at Sylvania Community Centre, Canberra Road, Sylvania
We had a moderately small group attending for
this rather complex and demanding subject. It ranged from older members
to a completely new member and plenty of variety in-between.
Val was busy with each and every level of
competence receiving clear and helpful information to keep us busy with
the intricacies of the lettering, which cover alphabets from 12th C to 16th C.
As Batarde is a hand used in England, France, and
Germany there are many variations and this allows considerable freedom
of form and style.
Val had lots of lovely examples of books, including a “Book of Hours” facsimile, plus a dozen handout exemplars. Like Val, most of the others and I enjoy having plenty of references to look at and use “at our leisure”.
We worked hard to try writing the many examples of variants, with their many complexities. At the same time we had interesting and pleasant conversations about the numerous hands and their applications.
Mary, our new participant did amazingly well with
Val's intense instruction, and seemed to enjoy calligraphy as much as
we all do. It really was a case of “so much to do, so little time.
Thanks to Val for her knowledge, enthusiasm, and effort.
Calligraphy Southscribes, Inc. is kindly supported by Sutherland Shire Council
November is our last Calliarts for 2016 and we are finally putting our word a month project together as a Japanese Stab Binding book.
Even if you aren't participating in the word a month project is a great book binding method to learn.
This is a traditional binding which dates to the early
1600’s and can have a variety of uses such as a photo album, diary or
The photo below is a very basic version but there are lots
of things you can do to decorate the cover such as using coloured thread,
adding beads, gluing on decorative paper. It only stops with your imagination.
MATERIALS LIST FOR JAPANESE STABBINDING
Wewillfirstdoa“mockup”soyoucangetusedtothestitchingpatternand thena second book with
better paper if you wish. The book will be a landscapeformat
·20 x A5 sheets, A4 photocopy
paper is ideal for your mock up, cut in half as the grain direction is then
correct. I have said 20 pages but you can make itas thick or thin as you like,
if you go thicker just bear in mind
your awl has to go through the whole thickness and thecovers.
·For your second
book you can use any paper you like but make sure your grain direction is correct for a landscape binding
each book – 2 x A5 light card – 140 – 160 gsm is good, Canson Mei- teintes
works well. Whatever colour you would like. Again be mindful ofyour graindirection.
thread – this can be embroidery thread or similar to contrast withyour covers. You can use a thicker thread
if you wish but be sure that the eye
of your needle is big enough for it to gothrough.
punch or heavy duty awl – you will need something strong enough to go through
the text block and both covers together. If you don’t haveanything suitable I will bring somepunches.
·A small hammer
– if you have one – again I will bring one if you don’thave one.
mat – if you have an old one bring
that as when you punch the holes a
mark may be left on the cutting mat. Alternately if you have a few small pieces
of very thick cardboard bring that to protect the cutting mat or even an old
plastic kitchen cuttingboard.