Presenting a Unique Collaboration Between Printmaker and Bookbinder.
We have exciting news!
We are lucky enough to be involved in an exciting Kickstarter project that we think is all kinds of awesome. We were approached a ways back about collaborating with a Florida-based artist to bind a hand printed limited edition book.
This is where you come in.
You see, printing a run of books is no small task and requires—let’s say help.
The story is by Shaye Boddington, the reins having been passed onto our new friend Stephanie Hurst, and follows a young bird named Sam who is fighting for his place in the world against modern urbanization.
The book is going to be completely handmade. Each page of the book will be printed by hand from a combination of printmaking techniques. chief among these is block printing from hand-carved blocks, supplemented by Gocco screen printing with text printed via letterpress printing (!).
If the project is successfully funded, a total of forty-five books will be printed on pillowy soft 100% cotton Cranes Lettra paper and then sent up to us to be bound by hand. The books will be 3″ x 4″, 24 pages love, and have a beautiful inky smell that only hand printed items have. It’s one of the reasons we long using silk screened papers over commercially printed ones.
You see, printing a run of books is no small task and requires…let’s say help.
- Each of the forty-five books will be signed and numbered.
- A total of 1080 pages will be printed, plus the covers.
- Coptic bindings were probably the first binding when books went from scrolls to codices.
Each book of this edition of forty-five will be bound by hand according to centuries old tradition affording the book unique strength that you just can’t get from machines.
The Coptic binding is a durable and strong decorative binding showcasing the structure of the binding while allowing books to open completely flat eliminating the gutter found in many books and all magazines.
Coptic Binding Just About Finished.
Work In Progress.
The money raised will be used to purchase the following: (from the Kickstarter page)
- Paper (Cranes Lettra 125#)
- Speedball carving blocks
- Screen printing frames, mesh, and emulsion
- A sqeegee
- GE #5 flash bulbs (for gocco machine)
- Professional Coptic book binding by Kleiner Eisbar (one of my favorite Etsy sellers)
- Photopolymer letterpress plates (to print the text of the story)
- Small printing press if the funding goal is exceeded for future projects.
Printing will conclude April 10th with books available for purchase 2.5 weeks after (to account for the time it takes to bind these by hand). And guess what?! Kickstarter backers get first dibs at the books (no matter how small the pledge). As a Beyond the Green backer, you will be immediately notified when the books go up for sale.
For helping to back this project, you can get some pretty awesome stuff in return as a thank you.
A teeny tiny carving of Sam, the main character of the story
A page from Beyond the Green titled Peaceful Sam
Another carving and print from the story
Illustrations ready to be carved
All photos (except for the binding photos) were contributed by Stephanie Hurst.