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AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING | The Flowing Spine in Miniature

Hosted/Organized by: American Academy of Bookbinding


AUGUST 24 – 28, 2020 | GABRIELLE FOX | $800
This full leather miniature binding is one step further in the development of the basic structure presented in full size at the Guild of Book Workers Standards Seminar in Tacoma, Washington. During this class, students will each bind at least one miniature in full leather which incorporates leather turn ins, tooled leather headbands, surface decorations which work particularly well for small books, and various endpaper structures or leather doublures.

Based on Project 8 in The Essential Guide to Making Handmade Books, this structure provides the strength and flexibility of a tight backed book with the action of a hollow tube. The full leather spine can be titled or decorated as in a traditional binding. The delight of this structure is the ease with which it opens and closes, and the possible variations that can be used for both design and conservation binding.

In all well-designed miniature books, the binder makes visual and structural adjustments which allow the viewer to see a small book that seems to be simply scaled down to size. As said by the first recipient of the Turing Award, Alan Jay Perlis: “Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.” With the variations that Gabrielle has developed, students will create small visual gems that can be read comfortably and handled without fear of damage to these tiny works of art.

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