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How to Make Book Cloth

Book cloth is made in many colors and out of many different materials. But sometimes, you just have to use a fabric for a book cover. The fabric pattern or color might be just what you want to use for the cover. This video will show you how to make book cloth out of fabric. In this video I used some vinyl drafting board cover under the fabric. Many people use glass or plexiglass and some use large sheet of binders board. If you want to make book cloth you should buy enough to experiment. Your fabric might need some adjustment to how this one was made. It might take an extra few steps, but the fabric might make your book exactly what you want it to be.

Making a photopolymer plate from a text file

Students often ask me how they can print a file from a page layout program. It is simply. Once a file has been designed to your liking, export the file to a PDF document. That file can be printed using an inkjet printer with black ink and transparency film. It you want a file that is much higher in resolution, you can contact a service bureau and request the file be printed using a Linotronic Imagesetter. This video outlines the steps that are necessary. Thanks to Elizabeth Jean Younce for her help making the negative. You can watch other videos about making photopolymer plates on my photopolymer playlist on YouTube at this link.

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.

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