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Flashback Friday: Book with handmade paper cover

>> Friday, March 12, 2010

As part of the book arts class I took in Italy, my instructor, Eileen Wallace, also taught the basics of papermaking. I made the rust-colored paper used for the cover of this book. The guards wrapping the signatures of paper are also sheets of my handmade paper, only thinner than the piece used for the cover. The brown paper used for the pages came from a little shop in Cortona and has a subtle striped pattern. I bound this book using the Italian Long Stitch, which is the same binding style used for my more recent leather book. I love how two books with the same structure can have such a different aesthetic based purely on the cover materials.


Lizzie March 12, 2010 at 5:04 PM  

This is a great little book! It must have been a very satisfying project to do.. making the papers for the cover and guards, finding a lovely paper locally, to use for the signatures inside, then creating a lovely object with all those materials.

Katie March 13, 2010 at 5:31 PM  

Thanks so much! Yes, it was quite a satisfying project. I still have a few sheets of my the paper I made in Italy, so I need to find a way to put them to use.

Thanks for reading along,

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