Showing posts with label Videos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Videos. Show all posts

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Fish skin fashion: a dying craft by China's 'mermaid descendants'

A small minority along China’s ‘Black Dragon’ river have a long history with the water. According to legend, the Hezhen people descend from mermaids, but now some of their unique traits, such as their signature fish skin suits, are at risk of vanishing. Michelle Hennessy reports.



You Wenfeng, 68, an ethnic Hezhen woman,
poses with her fishskin clothes at her studio in Tongjiang



Ethnic Hezhen You Wenfeng's Chinese Han student learns
how to make clothes from fish skin at You's studio in Tongjiang.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Square Back Bradel Binding Tutorial on the Pressbengel

What a delight to discover during a random web search...

Watch Queensland, Australia based Darryn Schneider of DAS Bookbinding demonstrate a square back Bradel binding (German case binding) using my instructions and the downloadable sheets for my translation of Ernst Collin's Pressbengel (as The Bone Folder).

The demonstration on YouTube is nicely done, and is a great use of the downloadable text in signatures. Intended audience is students and workshops, and it can be used for just about any common codex-based structure.
Enjoy!
Ps., I'm always happy to see bindings on the textblock by individuals and those in workshops. Bonus points for those using parchment they made from fish. ;-)


The Bone Folder by Ernst Collin.




I also recommend checking out his many other tutorials, also on his YouTube Channel.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Complex of All of These (Bradel/German-case Binding)

The Complex of All of These by Abigail Bainbridge is a wonderful book that I am very happy to call my own. The book is out-of-print, a good thing in the world of fine print and small editions, but a PDF is available here.
In her own words, the author "contemplates the world around her. Images and words become parallel languages, where the distinction between ground and sky, past and present collapses. One conceit after another feels its way over the tiny words before sinking deep into the dark of the etching ink to linger, trembling."
I was attracted to the book when I discovered the video the other made of the entire process from making the etchings to paper, to binding during her residency at the Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. Ever since, I have used it in the presentations I gave on book arts at Syracuse University Libraries. The video composed from over 3000 still images used have a really snappy musical soundtrack, but DRM took that away. I'm glad Abigail put it back up even if now silent. Just imagine a metronome at about 110~115 beats per minute.


What I feel the video does VERY well is show the binding process from the sewing, to rounding and backing, trimming, endbanding, making the case, and casing in as a batch. It does that via the rapid-fire sequencing of the still images.

The creator is now in the UK, working in private practice as a book and paper conservator and teaching at West Dean College.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Hands-on Workshops at Book Fairs

Via the Pirckheimer-Gesellschaft, a Berlin-based bibliophilic society I am a member of, I was made aware of this video of the Buch Druck Kunst fine press fair at the Museum der Arbeit (Museum of Labor) in Hamburg. In addition to vendors selling antiquarian books in addition to fine press editions…, they also had hands-on workshops for young and old in making bookish Jacob’s ladder like folders, silk screen printing, and papermaking.

Über die Pirckheimer-Gesellschaft, eine bibliophile Gesellschaft bei der ich Mitglied bin, wurde ich auf dieses Video von der Buch Druck Kunst Ausstellung beim Museum der Arbeit in Hamburg aufmerksam gemacht. Zusätzlich zu den Ständen von Antiquaren und buchkunst und graphischen Verlagen gab es auch Workshops zum machen von einer Zaubermappe, Siebdruck, Papier machen. Alles mit Klebstoff, Messer, Schere...

Click here for the video in German

This reminded me of visiting the Cologne-based model railway trade show where the large manufacturers also had layouts on the floor, platforms, or tables for kids to play with any way they wanted. Even had kits for the kids to put together with glue, scalpels, snips. Anything for them to be hands on. Still have the house my daughter built at 5 or so on my layout.

Wonder how many books fairs have these kinds of activities…? Would be a great way to connect with the next generation on a multitude of levels.

Hierbei wurde ich an unsere Reise zur Modellbahnmesse in Köln erinnert wo die größeren Hersteller fast alle ganz auf die Kinder ausgerichteten Spielanlagen mit Rollmaterial auf Teppich, Plattform, oder Tisch hatten. Die konnten sogar mit Hilfe oder von selbst ein Fallerhaus basteln mit Kleber, Skalpell, ... Habe noch immer das von meiner damals um die 5 gebaute auf meiner Anlage...

Ich wundere mich wieviele Buchmessen auch auf Kinder gerichtete Ausstellungen und Aktivitäten haben? Wäre ein super weg die nächste Generation für das Buch als Objekt zu gewinnen...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Der Buchbinder a la Die Sendung mit der Maus

Great little German video by Marcel Ernst about bookbinding thematically based on Die Sendung mit Der Maus, a WDR show for kids that explained all sorts of things.Video is in German and starts out with a guy who has a falling apart book. Tries to fix it and finally ends up in a trade bindery that shows how a book is made - double fan adhesive cased binding... Then smiles all around.