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Bookbinding tutorial: pamphlet stich

Early in the semester, you will learn how to sew a book using the pamphlet stitch. The single signature book offers creative options for a book. Books that have spines less than 5 inches in length, you might want to use a three hole sewing pattern. Written instructions for a three hole pamphlet stitch can be seen at this link. In this video, a five hole sewing pattern is demonstrated. A book from a signature is often called a chapbook. In commercial printing job, this type of binding is called saddle stitch. This video illustrates a hand stapler is used in saddle stitching. Whatever you wish to call this type of book, the pamphlet stitch is used in many creative book projects. This pamphlet book gallery has some student examples.

In this demonstration an 18/3 thread was used. You can learn some information about bookbinding threads in this blog post.

Making more paper from corn husks

Two stages of corn husk preparation. The full corn husk has been cooked and still wet. The threaded fibers are the result of being processed in the hollander pulp beater.

Two stages of corn husk preparation. The full corn husk has been cooked and still wet. The threaded fibers are the result of being processed in the hollander pulp beater.

Corn husk (left) has been cooked and dried. Fillers (right) were removed soon after the beating process started.

Corn husk (left) has been cooked and dried. Fibers (right) were removed soon after the beating process started.

Angela Johnson’s Inherent Legacy

Angela M Johnson, a current MFA student in the Art Department at UW-Madison shared a video about her recent Master of Fine Arts Exhibition at the Central Library Branch of the Madison Public Library. Her installation is a combination of photography, book arts and personal history. Click on the video to listen to her description of her show.

The cycle is complete!

 (Jim Escalante)On March 26th, 2015, I delivered a stack of books that I made at Books On Display, contains over 35 photos from the project. Caryl Askins placed the book in the display window. Sunday morning, I visited the window to capture this image. A photo documentary project, about books in a window, is now a book in that window! I will update this post soon, once I have set up a link for purchasing the book at Blurb.

Julie Copenhagen’s False Idols

False Idols, a Master of Fine Arts installation by Julie Copenhagen. Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Madison. (Jim Escalante/Photography by Jim Escalante)
All to often on campus, a show opens and in 6.5 days it closes. Julie Copenhagen, a student in book arts and ceramics installed her Master of Arts Exhibition. Click on the image above to see more photographs of her installation on line.

Learn how to make a gif


 In class today, I will demonstrate how to create a gif file from a short video. Often a single photo does not capture the time element of a piece of art. The neon artwork is by Aaron David, it was included in the 2015 BFA Exhibition in the 7th Floor Gallery, Art Department, University of Wisconsin-Madiosn.

Books on Display Exhibition Opening

Paul's Book Store, Madison, Wisconsin. Window display. (Photograph by Jim Escalante/Photography by Jim Escalante)Friday March 6, 2015, the Central Branch Library will be hosting Night Lights an evening of arts and crafts. As part of the evening, I will have an exhibition of twenty photographs. The photographs are from a series of images taken over several years of the window display by Caryl Askins, owner of Paul’s Book Store, 670 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin. Doors to the exhibition open at 8pm. The event will continue until 11 pm. It will be great to see you at the opening. Once the exhibition opens, you will be able to see more photos from the exhibit by clicking on this Books on Display link or by clicking on the image above. The exhibition will remain in the 3rd floor gallery at the Central Branch Library at 201 West Mifflin Street, Madison, Wisconsin until April 23, 2015.

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