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New Bone Folders

SPECIALIST small folders

In polished bone and horn, these folders are perfect for delicate work, box making, small bindings and tight corners.  Hand tools of excellent craftsmanship for creating beautiful hand bound books, boxes, portfolios and all kinds of hand worked items where intricate detail and careful finishing are essential.

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Polished 4″ BONE Folder  £7.50

Polished 4″ HORN Folder  £8.00

SEE OUR STOCK OF BOOK ARTS & BOOKBINDING HAND TOOLS HERE   including our standard 6″ treated bone folders, Bookbinder Tool Kits, Materials, Bookcloth, Pre-cut project kits, hand marbled papers and more.

Standard 6″ Bone Folders, Treated  £9.00

Our standard size 6″ bone folders are treated to resist stains, adhesives and added strength for durability gradually acquiring a natural sheen and polish through normal use becoming more beautiful over time.  An essential hand tool for any bookbinder or artist whose work depends on craftsmanship and fine finishing.

 

What is ‘PERFECT’?

'Story Line' Artist Book, What is perfectIs it when the grid is straight?
When the edges line up?
When all the colour stays inside the lines?

Maybe.  But not necessarily.

Very often I watch students experience anxiety as they work through a new process, cut into new materials or make the first marks of a text or drawing onto a white page.  They say things like, ‘I’m so nervous – I want it to be PERFECT.’   What does this mean and why is it the cause of so much anxiety?

It is disturbing that ideas of ‘Perfect’ are increasingly being replaced by ideas of machine-made. This arbitrary exchange of one set of subjective aesthetics for another clouds our judgement and undervalues the meaning and intent of original artworks.  This is especially important in Book Arts as the commercial manufacture of books is at an all time peak.  If we want a hand made book to look like it came from Paperchase, why don’t we just go to Paperchase and buy one?  It would be far simpler and less expensive.  Forcing a hand bound book to impersonate a machined object only conceals and subverts the essential nature of the hand made thing as well as the artist’s intention in making.

Do we want our books to look machined? Do we want all the edges to line up? All the angles to be square?  Maybe, but that’s not the point.  The point is that Some Odd Pages is hereby redefining PERFECT, particularly in regard to Artists’ Books, original artworks, and indeed all objects made by hand.  So, here it is officially:

PERFECT is determined by how well the object
EMBODIES THE ARTIST’S INTENTION
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So, if aligned edges are essential to your concept, if straight geometry enacts your idea, if colouring inside the lines realises your intention, then so they should be.  On the other hand, if a big splashy, splodgey tangle of lines, cords, shapes and textures substantiates your vision then clearly it is PERFECT on its own terms.

Artist's Book, original painting, Coptic bindingThis in no way compromises the value of excellence in craftsmanship.  Expertise in materials, techniques and skills comes with time and practice.  If you don’t want your Artist’s Books to have all those glue marks all over the spine and covers perhaps it’s time to rethink how you arrange your workspace.  If you like clean well-laid corners and insets as much a I do, spacious unmarked margins, tight strong bindings which really support the weight of the book block, then it’s important to explore and practice ways of achieving this through workshops, experimentation and experience.

A ‘connoisseur’ is literally ‘one who knows’.  This idea isn’t restricted to the highest levels of making and achievement.  One who knows is acquainted with a subject across a broad range of styles, methods, materials and outcomes embracing a vast range of effects and results, from the clean and pristine to the wild and woolly.  Through practice, vision, intent and connoisseurship does the artist achieve artworks of perfection.

Guildhall Library, City of London

Guildhall Library, City of London

We are really excited about being Artist In Residence with Guildhall Library in the City of London this year! First established in 1425, the Guildhall Library houses a number of specialist collections and is itself a cornerstone in London’s great history.  Can’t wait to get underway, new work for their archives, workshops, panel discussions and an exhibition. #WaHey!

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.  The library also holds 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.  Some manuscript collections can also be consulted at Guildhall Library.

Special collections include those devoted to Samuel Pepys, John Wilkes and Thomas More, plus the libraries of the Clockmakers’, Gardeners’ and Fletchers’ Companies, the Antiquarian Horological Society, Gresham College, and the Charles Lamb Society.

Everyone is welcome to visit Guildhall Library and no appointment or membership is necessary.​

Classes in Book Arts and Bookbinding 2013

Wonderful work this year!  Very inventive, creative adaptation of traditional techniques and forms to highly original new works.  Thank you everyone for an excellent year.  Have a lovely holiday and see you all again in the new year!

 

 

New hand bound leather journals

We’ve had a lot of response to the Rome, The Eternal City as our client has been very enthusiastic about our work (#Hoooooray!) and has showed a lot of people (thank you!).  So, we decided to carry on in this direction and have created a new range of bright leather journals for the autumn season.

Limited Artist Edition Journals, 192 pages of 130gsm fine art paper, strong hard covers and spine, original design lining, magnetic clasp closure, two page markers, hand bound in fine leather in two sizes: £70 small (A6) or £90 (A5) and a range of colours:  Moss, Azure, Giraffe, British Red, Double Cream White and Sienna Natural.  These journals are perfect for travel or as a unique hand crafted gift, they are refillable on order and bespoke orders accepted.