Lost Arts: Bookmaking

Our family recently took a wonderful class in Bookmaking, with Eva Shoshany at W.I.G.T. Printing in Mill Valley. Eva supplied the cardboard forms, lots of recycled papers for covering them, ribbons and comb bindings to bind them, pages for the insides, and tons of ideas and inspiration from her and her business and life partner, Barry Toranto, and from their wonderful print shop, which churns out posters, brochures, business cards and more from a Tudor-style storefront in Mill Valley.

Here’s Eva, getting us started:

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Inspiration:

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Anna places the pages into her book:

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Careful with the paper cutter, Dear:

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Lippy plans his book:

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Now, that’s a comb binding:

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I’m getting biz-zay collaging on my book cover:
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I was inspired by the traditional papier-mache strip shape:

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Eva started a photo album for a honeymooning couple:

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We enjoyed being around the ink and presses in the print shop:

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I love Eva’s filing cabinet, which was originally used for sewing patterns:

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Anna began her own colorful collage cover:

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Lippy’s books turned out beautifully, inside and out:

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He plans to make his own sketchbooks from now on:

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Eva is leading at least two more Bookmaking workshops, if you want to learn to do this yourself:

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Photos by Susan Sachs Lipman & Eva Shoshany

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2 responses to “Lost Arts: Bookmaking

  1. What a lovely entry! I am a collager and big WIGT fan! I couldn’t make this series, but hope to jump into the fun of the next one!

    Thanks for posting these pictures. See you next time!

  2. Hi Elizheva! I went to your web site. Your quilt (a fabric collage!) is beautiful. Eva is leading another workshop this weekend. Perhaps I’ll catch up with you at WIGT, or elsewhere.

    (You might also want to check out Ambatalia, the Fabric Society. I have a link to it on my front page.)

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