yToday, we took part in a book-making workshop with Sarah Edmonds.
She started off by showing us a range of her own books that she’d brought, including a range that she’d hand made herself; then we got to make our own. Sarah showed us two easy techniques of how too fold a basic book using just one piece of A3 paper.
- This technique was done by folding the A3 piece of paper in half once horizontally and then twice vertically, then by cutting slit the middle of the paper like in the first photo below. When folded, the book should look like the second photo below. This technique creates an A6 size book.
2. This technique was done by folding the A3 piece of paper in half four twice – twice horizontally and twice vertically, then by cutting the slits in the paper as in the first photo below. Once folded, the book looks like the second image below. This technique creates an A7 size book.
Next we got taught how to make pockets in a book and got to make our own prototypes. I designed my book with a young audience in mind so made what could be used as a learning book to teach a child their colours. Each page has a different colour on it with a pocket on each, and the child is would be able to pick out an object from the pocket which is that colour. For example, on the ‘Red’ page, in the pocket there is a red apple. Because I wanted my book to be A5, I had to join together three A2 pieces of paper to ensure it was the right size once folded – this made the folding very fiddly and I think if I were to do it again, I would make the book A6 instead to avoid this. Here is a photo of my pocket book prototype:
Finally we made our own proper books with a hard back cover and binding. I started folding A5 pieces of paper in half to create the pages, then used a scalpel to cut out some decoration on the front page, and then pieced the pages together. I then binded the pages with a needle and thread.
Next I made the cover by using foam board and covering it with fabric. Then we attached the book pages to the inside to finish it.
Since making the book itself, I have completed the front cover design and have been drawing decorative borders on each of the pages. I plan to fill the book with short poems or stories and perhaps do some letter pressing or printing in it.