'Waiting' Binding, a style of temporary binding for a text block that is, of course, waiting for its binding to be done. I have 5 of my miniatures, of 20 x 25mm waiting for me to continue work with them. And I decided to use some of the scrap floatage papers I have, to try this technique. I would say, it is definitely a very effective and fast way to create a simple cover for a text block.
I would like to credit Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo for the maquette I learned this from at the ‘Readable Objects’ exhibition at The Aram Gallery.
Since I came to London, I have been always missing out on Bookbinding exhibitions but this time, I managed catch this just as it opened. Readable Objects, not only is an exhibition of bookbinding and bookarts, but I simply love that there is a table of maquettes of the experimental bindings as well as a test of a certain structure for a particularly tricky textblock. I spent a long time, looking at the ‘Waiting’ Binding and I think I am going to try that soon~!
Today is the 30th lesson at Studio 5. I have spent a whole month, working on a book. Even though I would very much love to put pictures of this book right now, I can only do so in January, hopefully when this book gives me good news in the new year. It has been a very steep learning curve for me, learning new skills, correcting the way I hold and use my tools, as well as, understanding materials that I was once afraid of. Mark has been rather patient with me, coaxing me to push my boundaries, going to the edge, but not fall over. In his words, I find a lot of truth and years and years of experience and wisdom.
dddots turned 2 today!
A post by kjung woodworking to show our collaboration and the making of the shelf for my books.
Adelene was invited to be part of an exhibition called ‘Mi casa su casa’. It was a collaboration amongst various artists from various disciplines. She finished her piece and wanted me to build a small shelf for her. I suggested making a small shelf that mirrors her art work and that started our own little collaboration!
I cut a few pieces of pine to size, shaped them, and finished them with a thin coat of walnut oil.
It has been almost a month since I started having lessons with Mark at Studio 5, and things have been very exciting and overwhelming. To my dismay of not constantly taking enough photos, and updating this blog. But for updates, just this Tuesday, 8 October, I was at St Brides Foundation, for Mark’s lecture “Liverpool, Doors and Coconuts” and it was really refreshing to listen to how his inspirations for his work evolve from pub talk. Just today, 10 October, a visit to Shepherds Bookbinders to split leather for a book. List of things I have done so far, but technology seems to not “get in the way” and I always forget that I should take more pictures and blog more. Oh well, more to come.
Now I am here, at Studio 5 in London. Hopefully in the months to come, I will be able to learn a lot, make a lot of books, and possibly, win some competitions.
dddots is going to The United Kingdom. For 6 months. Starting 18 September 2013, I will be training under the majestic wings of Mark Cockram, and we are planning for me to take part in a couple of competitions. Till then, stay tuned, as I will post pictures of my journey, in the great exploration of bookbinding.
Prior to the big book-in-book I made, I did this prototype to test the design. I made a slipcase box, with the cut so that the tiny book can be opened even when the entire book is in the box.
Ever since I got back from Japan, I have always wanted to do a photoshoot for this Book-In-Book-In-Book I exhibited at 山崎 曜の「手で作る本の教室」展３Yamazaki Yo’s [Bookbinding Classroom] Exhibition 3. So here at last!
This book is made, cut from a single text block, a medium book from the big book, then a small one cut from the medium book. All sewn together on the spine, but they open individually, but when closed, looks like 1 complete book. I made a matching drop back box for it, but it is not photographed here.
A collaboration by dddots (bookbinding) and kjung (woodworking) on a project called “A Row Of”, featuring a row of shophouses which is a distinct icon in the district of Little India in Singapore. dddots’ dos-à-dos binding of 5 books are linked to each other, back to back, just like the shophouses that are built side by side. Even though each is a separate unit, they are still connected by one wall in between.
dddots and kjung collaboration at the Mi Casa Su Casa exhibition at 112A Rowell Road until 18 August.
A sneak preview of the dos-a-dos binding I did for Mi Casa Su Casa exhibition this August 9th. Really excited about this little homely exhibition held in an independent-run alternative art space nestled in the heart of Little India district in Singapore.
For more information on the exhibition, please go to
Quarter Leather Binding with Aya Nishio-sensei.
Last year when I came to Japan, I spent only 1 day with Aya-sensei. And this year, I wanted to spend more time with her. So I decided to learn English Quarter Leather Binding with her this time, and spent 4 days with her. I admire her precision with measuring and marking out, and that is a great asset because, I can get really impatient with measuring and end up making a lot of mistakes. It is not easy to pare leather to such thinness and uniformity. I also spent some time learning gold tooling and I was very much ambitious at first. I could only manage 2 gold lines on my book and decided not to do the more complicated designs to prevent destroying the book. Aya-sensei is not comfortable having her photos taken hence, I can only show, the brilliance of this woman, through this lovely book we made together.
Today, I sprung a surprise visit to Atsushi Ito-さん at Studio Livre when I was at Jimbocho. Just before that, Aya Nishio-せんせい brought me to a bookbinding supplies shop near to Suidobashi, opposite Tokyo Dome. Aya-せんせい mentioned during lessons that Studio Livre might have some relations with the bookbinding shop because it is called 製本工房リーブル which is Bookbinding Workshop Livre. And during our very interesting chat, Atsushi-さん said that the supplies shop belongs to his father. And it was opened by his grandfather. How interesting!