Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book of ‘codex’ format from a stack of paper sheets that are folded together into sections. The sections are then bound together along one edge by either sewing with thread through the folds or by a layer of flexible adhesive. For protection, the bound sections are either wrapped in a flexible cover or attached to stiff boards.
Artists’ books are books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself. Artists’ books are made for a variety of reasons. They are often created to make art that is interactive, portable, movable and easily shared. Many artists books challenge the conventional book format and become sculptural objects. They may be created in order to make art accessible to people outside of the formal contexts of galleries or museums.
I am also a Bookbinder with a degree in Design bookbinding and Book Conservation. I am in the process of setting up a new studio ‘Black Toad’ which will make hand bound books, albums and other products, as well as taking commissions. If you are interested and would like further information please get in touch.