Karen Hanmer

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Gallery: Design Bindings

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Title: Books Will Speak Plain, Cutaway

Books Will Speak Plain, Cutaway

Books Will Speak Plain, Cutaway


Books Will Speak Plain: A Handbook for Identifying and Describing Historical Bindings | bound by artist in 2013 | $2000
by Julia Miller, The Legacy Press, Ann Arbor, MI, 2010

Goatskin fine binding sewn on flattened cords, hand sewn silk headbands, head edge sponged with acrylic inks and sprinkled with gold leaf. Marbled endpapers with leather hinge. Dust jacket bound in. Tooling in blind and 23 kt gold foil emphasizes location of sewing supports and lacing-on, turn-ins, fills, sanding of boards, and formation of corners.

10.25 x 7.5 x 1.75”
26 x 19 x 4 cm 

Cutaway models are an interesting engineering problem, and very useful for teaching. I’ve made cut-away or partially-finished models of most of the structures I use, and this binding was the next challenge in the progression. The tooling further illuminates aspects of structure and process. What is completed and what is left incomplete is based on Mark Esser’s fine binding cut-away models in the University of Iowa Libraries Bookbinding Models collection.