Book arts - Binding Obsession

Midnight landscape: a long-stitch album

The blog has been conspicuously quiet for some months; I hope my readers will forgive the silence, especially since this relative reticence might continue for some time. In just over two months, my husband and I will be packing up all of our worldly possessions and moving away from the city that I have loved so dearly […]

Fore-edge painting, fanned

Fore-edge painting: The book as canvas

I’ve written a feature on books as art, but what about art on books? Although bindings themselves can sometimes be works of art (not that you’re not likely to find those for sale at your local bookstore), sometimes the book itself—specifically, the text block—can be used as a canvas, as in fore-edge painting. What is […]

The Binding Obsession shop: Open for business

When I decided several weeks ago to officially launch the Binding Obsession shop on November 1, I had no idea of the devastation that would directly precede this event. Here in Boston, Sandy did relatively little damage; our home never even lost power. But having grown up on Long Island, I have a lot of friends and family in New […]

A day of storms

In addition to the bradel binding featured in my last entry, I created a few other books for my recent wedding. (Not to mention all of those paper hearts!) Now that M and I have returned and recovered from our trip to Scotland, I thought I’d take a look at a few of the details […]

The beer book: A bradel binding

Bradel bindings are a style of German, hollow-backed, cased-in structure. I’d mentioned in a previous entry that I was going to attempt this structure, and I showed an in-progress shot of the text block. Well, I can now happily show off its final form. The book is intended as a space for M to store […]

State of the Obsession address

Hello, friends! Contrary to popular opinion, I have not, in fact, died. It has just been an incredibly busy semester. I knew it would be unlikely that I’d have time to do much binding, but I did expect to at least be able to keep up with the blog. Unfortunately, between two jobs, a compressed […]

The miniature book, or a world of wonder in a tiny package

As defined by the Miniature Book Society—yes, it exists—a miniature book is one that does not exceed three inches in height, width, or thickness. (Outside of the United States, four inches is often considered the standard.) Popular in the past because of their portability and the ease of concealment, miniature books today often appear in the […]

Practical origami: Or, making books with naught but paper

In August of last year, I took a continuing education workshop at Simmons College titled “Practical Origami.” Taught by the amazing and delightful Bill Hanscom (if you ever have the chance to work with him, do it!), the workshop focused on basic book, box, and envelope structures that can be made solely out of paper—that […]