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Henry Moore’s Sketchbook

July 20th, 2012

Working on sketching sheep for a project and remembered a book I haven’t looked at in years. “Henry Moore’s Sheep Sketchbook”. Dug out my copy and spent a rainy afternoon with an old friend and a cup of tea.

Henry Moore's Sketchbook

My copy with it’s dogeared cover.

Looked it up on line to see if it is still in print and discovered that it was reissued as a paperback. (Also found a video about the reissue.)

Cape May Wetlands Card

May 21st, 2011

Several years ago, on my birthday, we went to Cape May, NJ and visited a wetlands park there. Beautiful, warm spring day, Sunny with a breeze that russeled the tall grasses. We walked through the grasses and emerged to a swan floating in a small body of water.
This small accordion card was a reaction to a perfect day.
(click image for larger view)

©Today I Saw a Swan by Beth Emmott.

Today I Saw a Swan by Beth Emmott.

The center page is cut out with the two sided swan attached to a thread. The decorative corners of the pages are a nod to Victorian Cape May.

Accordion Post Card Book

April 11th, 2011

This is a very fun book I learned to make in a Book Arts Class in 1994 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. I’m sorry I don’t know the instructors name as she was quite wonderful.
The book can be viewed in two ways. If you open the book in a normal fashion, each page consists of 3 separate cards but each page turns as expected. This can be seen in the third image. If, instead, the covers are pulled apart, the cards flip to create a single image, in this case a color wheel. The fourth image is a close up of the image, (the covers would extend to the left and right).

© Color Book by Beth Emmott © Color Book by Beth Emmott

Standing Color Books

© Color Book by Beth Emmott © Color Book by Beth Emmott

Lying Flat, (opened normally and covers pulled apart)

This is a variation on an accordion book as the cards are attached to an accordion structure, with the top and bottom cards going in one direction and those in the middle going the other. I was teaching Color Theory at the time so that became the topic of my book.

The Distaff Side

March 16th, 2011

Since I’ve been blogging about handmade books, esp. accordion books, I thought I’d show one I made several years ago for my Mom. Titled “The Distaff Side”, it lists known women in my mother’s family and the number of children they had. A distaff is a tool for spinning fiber and since this was historically women’s work, the female side of the family is called the distaff side. (click on image for larger view.)

© The Distaff Side

The Distaff Side

This structure is based on an accordion book with separate back and front covers, allowing it to be read front to back and then continued back to front on the other side. The first side features my mom, her mom, two grandmothers and a great grandmother. Each image opens out to reveal additional information about each women. The back side lists known women alternating with block prints of a distaff.

Accordion Books

March 14th, 2011

Here are some close ups of joining pages and of cover treatments.
Click on the images for larger views.

1. Here the pages are cut with extra paper at one end to over lap the next page on the back.

2. This uses medical paper tape available at drug stores to butt two pages.
These joins are done after the pages are prepared and cut to size.

3. The pages of this book are prepared and placed in a separate cover which has two folds giving three parts: back, front and an inside flap. You can glue your first page in place and glue the inside flap over it but sometimes it’s nice to leave it loose.

4. This shows the page glued to a separate front cover and covered with a textured endpaper.

© join with self flap © join with paper tape

© loose cover © textured endpaper inside cover

One and four are Canson paper, two and three are computer paper with a heavy paper for three’s cover.