Volume 57 - Spring 2024


Customers Recent Bindings


Bound by Kaitlin Barber

Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
Introduced by Lavinia Greenlaw
Illustrated by Jane Lydbury
Published by the Folio Society
Bound in 2017

Book bound at Studio 5 in England. Unsupported link stitch secondary sewn, full linen double board attachment, ¾ hollow. Hand dyed fair goat from J Hewit and Sons, image transfer/gold fresco technique. Full Edge decoration. Eggshell panels. Sewn silk endbands. Digitally printed leather jointed endpapers from original artwork with edge-to-edge doublures. Inspired by vivid detail of colour, texture and themes throughout Dickinson's poetry. Eggshell represents her passion for the organic world and imposed female fragility of the times. Though conservative in lifestyle her work pushed the boundaries of feminine value and aesthetic.

Kaitlin Barber is a bookbinder and book artist from Toronto Canada. She has a deep appreciation for the all-encompassing nature of the art of the hand-made book. The artist is in total control of every aspect of the work creating interplay between concept, text, and image. Cover design, hand printed endpapers, and content come together forming a narrative, influenced by the text, but going far beyond. Kaitlin is a recent graduate of the two-year bookbinding program at The North Bennet Street School in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2016 she traveled to London to study contemporary design binding at Studio 5 with internationally recognized and exhibited Mark Cockram. During this time she bound submissions to the International and UK Designer Bookbinder competitions. Studying with Mark has opened Kaitlins eyes to the immense variety of ways in which colour, texture, and materials can be used to achieve flow throughout the work, creating a rich experience that is both visual and tactile.

Kaitlin can be contacted at Katiebarber21@gmail.com and her work can be found at kaitlinbarberbooks.blogspot.ca






Bound by Yuko Matsuno

Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
Introduced by Lavinia Greenlaw
Illustrated by Karen Klassen
Published by The Folio Society

For this binding, Yuko was awarded the 'The Sally Lou Smith Prize for Forwarding ' in the Designer Bookbinders Bookbinding Competition 2017.

Bound in light blue goatskin and Hewit's Grey Pentland goatskin with hand ink-dotted goatskin onlays. Link stitch with secondary sewing. Full linen board attachment. Light blue goatskin covered inset with Swarovski pearl bead and black agate bead decorations. Title tooled in black. Blind tooling on the front and back boards. Doublures and endpapers decorated with pastel and Gampi paper onlays. Edges decorated with pastel. Hand-sewn Japanese silk endbands. Full cloth covered box with a clay cat model covered in hand ink-dotted goatskin. Title tooled in black onto vellum strip. Swarovski pearl bead and black agate bead decorations.

"I have created the sophisticated atmosphere of Tiffany's on my binding. It seems that Tiffany's was the only place that sheltered Holly from the "reds" that often distressed her. The design of the doublures and endpapers is based on a map of Manhattan and they have Gampi paper onlays that suggest the stairs in her apartment building. I added her cat as a reflection of Holly herself to my binding. The hand-inked dots in blue, grey and green on the goatskin onlays represent Holly's eyes that looked like shattered prisms."

Yuko can be contacted at matsuno.t.yuko@googlemail.com


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