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Recent Book Repairs and Rebinding

Late summer and the roads are quieter but it’s been a very busy time in the studio!  Here are a few of our recent rebinding:

Guildhall Library Exhibtion ‘LondEnfold’
18 Nov – 13 Dec 2014

Book artist Meg Green has created a series of works inspired by the archives of Guildhall Library, the largest collection in the world
devoted to the history of a single city.

In a special Guildhall LIbrary Exhibition, these unique hand-bound books expand off the page and climb out of the covers depicting some of the more unusual aspects of London’s extraordinary sense of place.

‘Treasure’Treasure 08

Eight hinged folios, Index, Drop down panel box.
Each folio contains a detailed composition inspired by a specific book within the Guildhall Library.  Discover the details of each book by matching the folio image to the Index thumbnail to locate it within the archives.
Look INSIDE the box!

‘Selected BROADSIDES of the Guildhall Library’Broadsides Guildhall Library

Fold-out reversible pamphlet.
Inspired by the Broadsides collections of Guildhall Library.
Twelve panels depicting details of selected Broadside sheets within Guildhall Library’s archives.  Each panel includes the Broadside archive reference number.
Open this book and SEE all the pages!

‘LondEnfold’Guildhall Library Exhibtion

Back-to-back book with fold-out timeline and diptych.
Pictorial timeline of the history of Guildhall Library informed by Dr. Peter Cook’s 2012 lecture for Gresham College on this subject.  Layout and artwork inspired by  the architecture of Guildhall Yard and the Roman Amphitheatre situated directly beneath street level, access via Guildhall Art Gallery.

Guildhall Library Exhibtion Guildhall Library Exhibtion

Evening view & reception: ‘LondEnfold’
Thursday, 11 December, 6 – 8pm
CONTACT: GHLevents@cityoflondon.gov.uk
or register with Some Odd Pages on Facebook

“Guildhall Library Artist-In-Residence Meg Green presents ‘LondEnfold’ a range of original Artist’s Books inspired by the Library’s collections. Meg will be discussing books as artworks, and vice versa, along with some of the eccentric ideas and projects which fuel this unusual occupation. The presentation will be followed by an open reception where visitors are invited to browse the Artist’s Books with time for questions and discussion.”

An Introduction to Books Arts
Thursday, 4 December, 1 – 4pm

£45 Advance booking essential
“Discover a range of techniques and make your own books during this half-day workshop. Led by Meg Green of Some Odd Pages Book Arts studio, this interactive session lets you explore materials and develop your own ideas in Book Arts and bookbinding, perfect for creating unique artist’s books and for Christmas. Materials included, tools provided. No experience necessary.”

Guildhall Library Artist-In-Residence ExhibitionGuildhall Library Artist

‘LondEnfold’ by 2014 Artist-In-Residence Meg Green features a series of works inspired by the special collections of Guildhall Library, the world’s largest collection devoted to the history of a single city.

Meg’s hand-bound books expand off the page and climb out of the covers depicting some of the more unusual aspects of London’s extraordinary sense of place.

Exhibition runs Tuesday, 18 November through 13 December.
Workshop 1-4pm, Thursday 4 December, Advance booking required 020 7606 3030.
Presentation and Evening Reception, 6-8pm, 11 December, no booking necessary.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Guildhall Library: the Library of London History

Guildhall Library is a public reference library specialising in the history of London. The Library’s printed books collection comprises over 200,000 titles dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, trade directories and poll books. The collection covers all aspects of life in London, past and present, its trade, people and buildings. In addition, we hold extensive collections covering maritime history, business history, clocks and clockmakers, internationally renowned collections of books on wine and food, historic English law reports and British parliamentary papers and statutes.”

Commemorative Book for Special Event

School teacher Abi Seager of Bishopsgate School contacted Some Odd Pages for help with a class project.  One of her students, Reuben, was moving to another city and the class wanted to make him a special commemorative book.  With some easy guidelines from Some Odd Pages, Abi asked all the students for drawings, photos, artworks of any kind with a few words to Reuben and their signature.  It didn’t take long at all to create the covers, title and binding for Rueben’s special book.  The whole class presented their book to Reuben on the last day.  Here’s what Abi said about the project:

Hi Meg, The book went down a storm!  Everyone loved it. Reuben’s mum sent this message:
“Thank you so much for contributing to such a special book for Reuben. He was overjoyed and it made him so happy.  Thank you for creating such a special memory.”
So as you can see she and I and the children are all very pleased with it. Thank you once again, I will certainly be back to create more books.  Have a great summer,  Abi


We love participating with groups on these projects.  Nothing captures the unique gesture and special presence of your friends like their own hand writing.  You don’t have to draw well to express yourself in a few scribbles and add your own words and images.  It’s wonderful how the voice of each person really comes through and creates a really special memory.

The binding for a commemorative book isn’t expensive or complicated.  Starting at £35 we provide some simple guidelines for making the pages.  You deliver the prepared pages, your book is bound in a soft or hard covers with cover title and title page, and returned to you ready for presentation.  Easy peasy and a lasting memory of the people and special events created in their own hand.

CONTACT the studio for more details and your idea for your own book.

Commemorative Book

New Ashgate Gallery Summer Exhibition 2014

Peter Layton New Ashgate Gallery Farnham Surrey UK arts

We are absolutely chuffingly chuffed to have our work featured alongside such brilliant artists as Peter Layton at the New Ashgate Gallery’s Summer Exhibition!  Peter’s new glass sculptures are really exciting and we are so proud to share a space with his work.

The New Ashgate is situated in Farnham a short drive down the A3 and A31 along the Hog’s Back.  What an excellent excuse for a jolly day out in lovely, leafy #Surrey.

The New Ashgate
Waggon Yard, Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
01252 713208

Fine Art Papers

Here’s a good overview of different methods of papermaking from Whittington Press:

Hand Made Paper

Cellulose fibres (plant fibres usually from cotton) are shredded and mixed with water.  The mixture of fibres and water, which is very dilute, is called pulp. It is passed into a vat in which it is agitated mechanically to give an even concentration, The papermaker (vatman) stands by with a pair of moulds. A mould is a rigid wooden frame covered with a fine wire mesh. He produces a sheet of paper by dipping the mould into the pulp and lifting it out with a shaking action. The water drains off leaving a matt of fibres in the mould the outer edges of which is called a deckle. The edge of the sheet is at the deckle, but one gets fibre seepage under the deckle. Thus the edge of the sheet is not a sharp edge, but a rather ragged graduation down to nothing – this is called a deckled edge and is the natural edge obtained when paper is made by hand. Because of the method of manufacture, the fibre orientation is random and there are no significant differences in properties of the sheet in the long or short direction.

Mould Made Paper

Pulp is prepared in the same way as for hand-made paper and is usually of the same high quality raw materials. At the point of manufacture, the process is now automated and the pulp is passed into a vat that contains a rotating cylinder partly immersed in the pulp, again covered in a fine wire mesh. This is the cylinder mould form which the paper takes its descriptive name. As the cylinder rotates, the fibre forms into a matt on the outside of the cylinder. Just after the highest point of rotation and before re-entering the vat, this matt of fibres is couched off onto a felt and removed continuously from the point of manufacture to be further processed. Because of the nature of the machine which is usually run very slowly, although there is a difference in properties between the long and short directions of the paper but not so pronounced as for commercially manufactured machine-made paper.

Machine Made Paper

Again cellulose fibre is prepared to give a pulp in low concentration in water. Commonly, but not always with machine-made paper, the pulp is of lower quality than for either of the above. This is now passed onto a horizontal fast moving wire mesh and the excess water drains through, leaving the sheet formed on the wire. This principle was developed by the Fourdrinier brothers and this type of machine is called a Fourdrinier machine. This machine is accepted today as giving the most economical production and is used to produce large quantities of cheaper paper which are produced at high speed. Because of this normally high speed production, the sheet will show very marked differences in properties between the long and short direction of the sheet.

Artist's Book: 'Cross Rhodes' cover detail 1

We Love Our Books

Books are instinctive.  They fit our hands and our ‘ocular readers’ are already installed.
Books don’t require electrical plugs, a power source or a screen.  Books do not crash.
Books can be shared, stored and retrieved without any special equipment.
We move with ease throughout a book, seeing all the pages at once.
A book can be any size and shape, an architecture of pages and covers that can fold out, hang up, turn inside out or collapse down, a portal, a doorstop, a footstool, a leg prop or a drinks coaster.
Books are a sculptural, narrative, visual, tactile, intimate, monumental and timeless.
The mighty and humble book, infinitely adaptable content and context between moving covers.