Lenses – A new book

The new book - more pictures below

I would like to tell you that I finished a new artist’s book or zine, or whatever lies in between. However, the actual book I made (see on the left) still have so many flaws that I will have to remake it. So maybe I should say, a new prop is done.

I had this day all for myself and my work, so this is a real worktable post – finally.

Ich würde ja gerne verkünden, dass ich ein neues Künstlerbuch oder Zine oder irgendwas dazwischen fertig gestellt habe, allerdings hat das Buch so viele kleine Fehlerchen, dass ich es nochmal machen muss. Eine Edition davon würde im Moment auch noch zu lange dauern, und ich müsste nochmal ernsthaft nachdenken, wie man einige Sachen beschleunigen kann. Aber auf jeden Fall hatte ich heute einen vollen Arbeitstag und das hier wird endlich mal wieder ein richtiger Worktable Artikel. Doch fangen wir von vorne an:

Einige werden sich vielleicht noch erinnern, dass ich im Sommer 2010 eine Reihe von Sunprints gemacht habe. Ich habe damals angefangen was damit zu machen, habe das aber nicht zu Ende gebracht bzw. war mit dem Ergebnis so gar nicht zufrieden.

First Trial with the Sunprints - I like the cover, it is made from cut up photo prints and put back together.

Some of you might remember that I made some experiments with sunprinting paper in summer 2010. Back then I made a book with the prints (see above) that never got completed, or rather I was just dissatisfied with it. I always wanted to still do something with them, but always something else was more important. Now I made my very first Polaroid image a couple of days ago (that is a different story with some hints at it in the description at flickr.) And that gave me a new idea for that old project that was still resting in my drawer.

the very first polaroid image I shot, despite its uglyness it gained a premium spot in my studio.

Vor einigen Tagen nun, habe ich mein erstes Polaroid geschossen (wäre eine Geschichte für sich, einige Details davon sind als Beschreibung des Bildes auf Flickr zu finden) und das hat mich auf neue Ideen für dieses auf die lange Bank geschobene Projekt gebracht. Und so habe ich es heute wiederbelebt. Die erste Idee war, die Scans (ich arbeite zumindest zur Zeit noch nicht mit den Originalen) in einen Rahmen zu stecken, der an Polaroid erinnert.

trying out different mounts; liked the blue one best

Well, and so I revived this old project today. The main idea was to fold cardstock on the the fore edge of the book, cut a hole into it, mounting the prints into frames that make them look like polaroids from both sides. Developing polaroids to be exact because the B&W film that I used looks shock blue while still unfinished. I decided on the blue frame. To cut so many of them with precision I first deviced a jig for the task. It helps me mark the corners of the window that I then cut with an x-acto knife.

jig

 Um in so viele Stücke Karton sauber und gleichmäßig schneiden zu können habe ich mir erstmal eine Schablone gemacht. Mit ihrer Hilfe habe ich die Ecken des Fensters markiert, das ich dann mit einem Skalpel herausgeschnitten habe.

all done with cutting

As I said, the cardstock is doubled with one print showing from each side. I then bound them as single sheets with the fore-edge the folded side. For the binding I mainly used the technique that Smith calls single sheet Coptic binding, which in my eyes is not so much a Coptic binding as Coptic cover attachment over and over. I think I made the start and end a little different from what he does, though. My modification allows me to first attach thread to the cover, then sew until last sheet is added and then attach the other cover. If I am not mistaken, Smith does the covers together with the first and last sheet respectively. But to be quite honest, I was too lazy, or rather felt I lacked the time, to read it in all detail. I just had a brief look at one of his diagrams to be sure to do the sewing correctly.

start of the sewing, the front cover from the outside

and this is how it looks from the inside

Ich hatte nun also diese Stücke Karton, jeweils gefaltet. Darin habe ich dann zwei Drucke befestigt, so dass  von der Vorder- und der Rückseite jeweils eines zu sehen ist. Dann das Ganze zusammengeklebt. Auf diese Weise habe ich dann 8 einzelne Blätter oder Tafeln bekommen, die ich dann mit zusätzlich einem Vorder- und Rücktitel und jeweils einer leeren Tafel vorne und hinten als koptische Einzelblattbindung gebunden habe. Die Deckel habe ich allerdings abweichend befestigt, meiner Meinung nach einfacher und hübscher, aber naja, das ist natürlich auch Geschmackssache. Die beiden Fotos oben sollen meine Methode erläutern. Diese Bindetechnik erlaubt es, Einzelblätter so zu heften, dass sie sich vollständig flach öffnen lassen.

Und nun ist es tatsächlich fertig. Und auf der letzten Seite habe ich, wie damals vor 2 Jahren versprochen, auch enthüllt, wie ich die Prints eigentlich gemacht habe. 

Well, and now it is really done. A book. In just one day. Feel fabulous! On the last page I unveiled how I made the prints, something I promised to do 2 years ago. Well, better late than never.

 

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4 Responses to Lenses – A new book

  1. Louise says:

    So interesting and beautiful Hilke! You know amazing it is, that I have made a book of my own personal botanical sunprints, but it is leather bound – and made it just for me, not to sell, as the prints are original. It’s such a wonderful project to do! I love what you have done here, completely different to mine obviously, with the whole project in mind from the beginning – it’s gorgeous, I hope you will make more! It’s great to incorporate your visions and bindings in one.

    • buechertiger says:

      Hi Louise, glad you like my little book. At the moment nothing is for sale yet, and I am not sure it will really come to and end that is suited for “mass” production and sale. Your book sounds really wonderful and special. To be quite honest: I didn’t dare to use the original prints. All I did so far was experiments and I thought “if it works out, I will use the originals” – how brave of you to use yours!

  2. Ellen says:

    I’m so happy to see you returned to the sunprints! I loved those. The book is gorgeous! I’m really happy for you that you were able to have a little studio time at last.

    And, alas, I so wish I hadn’t been away from the computer so much and had seen your jig before I went and cut out a bunch of similar frame pages for my own last book project. Next time! Great idea.

    • buechertiger says:

      The jig worked well, and I am glad I made it immediately – I would have gone mad measuring just these 12 times. And initially I had in mind making several copies of the book…