Bespoke bookbinding – Central St Martins

Christopher asked us to produce a bespoke book for his end of year exhibition at Central St Martins. The project involved creating a coptic binding (link stitch) using a bookcloth that he was going to embroidered for the covers. Here is the bespoke book when finished.

 bespoke coptic binding

bespoke coptic binding

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https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/central-saint-martins

Case-binding in London

Here are a few case-binding ideas to develop our range and the options we can offer for bespoke books. Case-binding is a method of binding where the pages (called text-block) are attached to the cover using endpapers. For the finishing onto the covers, debossing is a popular method. We can either do lettering that is to say using the typeface we have in the studio to indent a title or  name onto the book. Or we can get a foil-blocking die created to deboss a logo or specific shape. Both options can either be in various colours or left 'blind' which gives a more subtle result. 

 examples of case-binding

examples of case-binding

Bookbinding in London

Over the next few months I will spend time in the studio working on new collections for Folio Atelier. When it comes to bespoke bookbinding it is hard to anticipate what customers might want since the possibilities are endless and this is what I love about making books. Here I have decided to focus on a type of binding  that has been used for many centuries mainly in China, Japan and other Asian countries - what we call ‘Japanese binding’.  This method of binding solely relies on the sewing and doesn’t use any adhesives. It’s simple and efficient with a number of  variations to experiment with…

 

Here is the collection of Japanese binding I have started to launch on Folio Atelier's website. More about this soon.

Japanese binding
Japanese Binding Folio Atelier