Unit 1: Sketchbook

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1. Describe the work (sketchbook) and how you made it.

This sketchbook was made of paper, cardboard, tape and string. When closed, it’s A4 size. When open, it’s A3 size. The spine is sewn together to secure the binding. Both the cover and back is made from A4 sized cardboard, so it’s easier to draw on. We made this sketchbook by first glueing both cardboard onto an folded A3 sheet, leaving a centimetre gap in the middle. Next we folded 10 A3 sheets in half, which would soon be the paper in the sketchbook. After, we drew dots that were three centimetre apart in the spine of the book. Using a hammer and nail, we poked holes through these dots for the sewing. Then we used a sewing needle and measured string to bind the book using the “go 2 back 1”. Finally, we tied to string to finish the binding, completing a handmade sketchbook.

Look through this link (http://www.philobiblon.com/binder.shtml) and select an artist or organization that interests you.  There are many!

Post 1 or 2 photos as examples of the book work.


What is the name of the artist or organization?

Artist: Andrew Brown

Organization: Artisan Bindery

Describe the work of the artist/organization? (Look for the purpose)

The main purpose of this book is not necessarily to draw in or record any diary entries in, but rather for showcasing. It’s a creative combination between the art of book binding and furniture crafting. The slab of wood that makes up the cover of the book is creatively cut so that the handles of the book look like they are natural.

In this age of ebooks and ereaders, are paper books necessary anymore? Why or why not?

I think even in this age when ebooks are no longer harmful to the eyes, paper books are still necessary. This is because the physical feeling of flipping pages and folding the corner to bookmark your page makes reading more fun. Plus, reading and writing on actual paper is a tradition that should not be broken because it has been developed since the invention of paper. If paper books aren’t necessary, then what happens now will not be recorded for the future historians to track down. After all, we only know what happens in history because of the evidence left behind in text.