Book Binding.Posted: March 1, 2017
I’m going to write this now because I was asked to finish my full cup of coffee before entering a library room where I had a fairly important lecture on artist books, layout and format, and now I’m on a worryingly strong caffeine high, and feeling motivated to get everything done, and a little bit shaky.
Firstly, I don’t know if it’s the caffeine buzz or the general positivity I am feeling this week, but just being in uni is working out really well for me. It’s really easy to just stay at home and watch the hours roll by, watching TV and eating too much out of boredom. So being here, using the studio space, going to all these lectures and workshops, is really useful. There are so many hours in the day when you are using them well.
My last hour was spent in the artist book/journal archive room in the library flicking through books in all shapes and forms, and after leaving and reading a couple of books on book-binding as well, I’ve remembered all the work I put into my book for the exhibition in first year and my interest in this subject has been reignited.
It’s not that I want to be a book maker, I’d just like to learn more about the skill. I think it’s really easy to get limited to one skill in graphic design (as well as other professions I’m sure), by yourself or your peers and employees. While I think it is important to specialise in one area of the subject and refine that skill, I do not want to be held back from projects or jobs because it looks like I am only capable of one single thing.
In conclusion, as a result of this workshop, I think I am going to look more into the skill of book-binding and potentially adopt the process for my portfolio, as a way of communicating the extent of my skills to potential employers without directly stating that it was part of a project. I think this would be a much more appropriate/relevant way of expressing myself and my work than my initial idea of a children’s book format.