I rebound my book today after a visit to, Cowling & Wilcox in Shoreditch, to get thinner card for the front and back cover. Whilst I was there I asked a women if she knew anything about book binding and she claimed to know a little. She in fact new exactly what I wanted showing me how to slice a thin line near the binding to create a fold. She even gave me the card for free!
The images above is my trail to see if I could replicate what I was shown in the shop, it turns out to be a very simple fold.
I took to deconstructing my previously bound book. I sliced near where the binding would be just like I had practiced. I then bound my book with my new card and the fold worked perfectly.
The slice along the binding allowed the book to open completely which I’m happy with now. I’m glad I got it wrong in the beginning because then I possibly wouldn’t have learned how to create a neat fold using card.
Below is my bound book start to finish.
I have also been experimenting with the idea of wrapping the card used for the front and back cover in the brown paper that is in the book (images below). However, it’s not giving me the desired effect I am looking for, it’s almost making the book to appear too finished, when it’s looking rather charming left as card, giving it that hand made rustic feel that I am trying to achieve, especially coupled with the Japanese bound, it’s looking like a hand made book which is a little rough and ready.
This book isn’t a delicate book to gently flick through, it’s a book to pick up and get your hands on it, feel it, embracing the variety of textures. Because of this I’ve made a conscious decision to leave the book as is. Mirroring the hardy, wonky, imperfect, rough qualities I have incorporated throughout the Woup brand identity.