This Material Monday we finish our mini Creative Brochures & Catalogues series by acknowledging the skill and virtuosity of masters in the field of bookbinding. We take great honour of being able to introduce and present to you works by Don Glaister, Louise Bescond, Odette Drapeau and Bookbinding Out of the Box Studio.
Glaister humbly refers to himself as “maker of books”. He strives to push the craft and invent new ways for artisanry expression. Element of creative process that he enjoys the most is the adventure of inventing interesting design concepts. In terms of aesthetic expression, Glaister experiments with visual tricks, humour as well as with the nature of confusion and disorientation. He is often recognized for his material combinations. More information can be accessed here. Image below features Glaister’s project for “Shaped Poetry”. It was bound in 2011 and made from materials such as blue goatskin with laminated mylar strips, goatskin, snakeskin on-lays, sanded leather and acrylic paint.
With degrees in Graphic Arts and Binding, Bescond, combines both fields with an impressive flair. Alongside other industry professionals, we appreciate her works for technical sensitivity and mindful artisanry. Her creative aesthetic of chromatic choices and engravings brings us the sensation of dreamy and intimate moments. More information can be accessed here.
Most well known for her soft-stitched binding, Drapeau, continues to surprise with her most recent research on textile fibers, in which she explores creating interactive bindings. Some of the new technologies she intends to experiment with include by light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Furthermore, she was also the first one to promote use of marine leather in the craft of book binding. More information can be accessed here.
Bookbinding Out of the Box Studio
Bookbinding Out of the Box Studio is an up and coming innovation platform in the field of bookbinding. They work to bring to life experimental structures that can be shared via online or printed tutorials. Binding techniques developed by the studio are playful and offer distinctive aesthetics. More information can be accessed here.
As this post marks the final of the series, we would love to hear your feedback and stories on using a range of binding techniques. Which ones are favourite and which ones stand out most in your opinion?
Do let us know, and please feel free to get in touch, with any questions on colours, materials, finishes and production.