Bookbinding Tidbits: SeaLemon’s New Binding Style
Bookbinding is an art in form in production but also reproductivity; the craft is making a beautiful book but also being able to make that book the same way as many times as you need. As such, over thousands of years and with modern technology, there are some “standard” binding …
Bookbinding is an art in form in production but also reproductivity; the craft is making a beautiful book but also being able to make that book the same way as many times as you need. As such, over thousands of years and with modern technology, there are some “standard” binding methods that have become the most widely used. Think magazines and soft cover books (perfect bound), hard covers (case bound), and spiral notebooks (mechanical bound)—-these are perhaps the most common types of books you’ll see in everyday use, whether it’s for reading books, textbooks, or notebooks.
From here, there are even more specific ways of creating text blocks or creating covers that are considered the “standard” because of their practicality at a high-production level. However, just because we’ve found perhaps the most efficient ways to create books, that doesn’t mean we can’t still innovate artistically!
For example, take Jennifer from SeaLemon, a bookbinder and YouTuber who is best known for her online tutorials and DIY videos. She just recently uploaded a video called “Bookbinding with Postcards & Mystery Method?” where she demonstrates how to create a new, experimental book. As the title suggests, the covers are made of postcards and the exposed-spine binding method is something of a mystery. As far as we know, it’s an original design that she’s come up with herself, but perhaps this method already exists out there. If not, Asya Brown coined “bow tie pasta stitch” in the comment section, and I’d say it’s very appropriate!
One of my favorite things about Jennifer’s content is that even though this is an experimental book, she still walks you through not only her creative process, but all of the steps to make her book. Have the materials at home, or something close enough? You can easily replicate something similar with her clear and concise directions. I know I’ll be trying this simple but elegant binding method the soonest chance I get!
You can watch her video below to see how she does it. I highly recommend checking out her other content as well—-not only is it highly informative, but it’s fun and soothing to listen to. As mentioned before, she posts tutorial videos as well as more creative content like this.
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