Wednesday, May 13, 2009

News from the Field: Sydney Writer's Festival Book Binding!

Image Courtesy of MIT Library

As we mentioned in our last post, there's nothing more appealing to us than a personalised notebook. We got excited about the MSK Design Wizard and enlivened by the NoteMaker Design Competition but when we heard about this Book Binding Workshop at the Sydney Writer's Festival, we were practically intoxicated!

Image Courtesy of CJs Woodland Shed

Master bookbinder Rosemarie Jeffers-Palmer is running a traditional hands on workshop incorporating tools of the craft including a traditional book press, in order to master different styles of cutting, folding and stitching paper pages.

Image Courtesy of DK

Those lucky enough to be in Sydney (not us, unfortunately) can design, create and bind their very own book with this enviously awesome event. So if you're nearby, go along and get in touch with an under-used, artisanal craft.

For the rest of us, we can only do our best to come close. NoteMaker has these Penguin Notebooks for sale, with classics like Orwell and Austen to compare ourselves with and the Emerging Writer's Festival is still running in Melbourne.

Image Courtesy of NoteMaker

And there are book binding videos on youtube too...but oh, to be in Sydney...

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