I have been honored to be an Artist-in-Residence at the Sunland-Tujunga Library, supported by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, conducting a series of bookmaking workshops for the community.
It was great fun to lead a bookmaking workshop in early February for a group that meets at the Library called, “Wide Open Reading”. What a wonderful-sounding activity!
Participants came together to create single signature sewn books, with pockets created by an “inner cover” or casing, and glued on covers. A
A creative time was had by all!
Participants learned about signatures (a gathering of folded pages that comprise the text block of a traditional western style codex book structure),
and sewed signatures that had been prepared for them into an inner cover, with folded pockets.
They then had a blast using all kinds of materials to develop, embellish and adorn their inside and outside covers, and even a few pages!
Camaraderie and interaction among the group is a big part of the fun.
And, of course, pride in the final (or not so final) “product”.
Wide Open Reading deserves wide open bookmaking, and the makers certainly achieved this.