Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On May 7th, I was in London, ON. at the Langdon Library, attending a class on Book Structures given by Nancy Latchford.  It was interesting to say the least.  It was based on work by Claire Van Vliet and Elizabeth Steiner to make the concertina books stronger at the spine.

We created our templates for the spine strip and the pages and then put a mockup together to see how the weaving of the spine strip locked the pages into place.  The small triangles cut into the weaving strip held each page locked in place.  The strip was woven through the slots cut into the pages. 

When we had the structure clear in our minds, we tried a four page book as a sample.  The front and back have a different slot structure from the inner pages.  You can make your book whatever size you like and even add pages to this structure by changing or adding to the length of the spine strip.

Front of the book

Inside book & facing pages

Inside back cover

The triangle tab was an arbitrary shape, as were the page dimensions.  The tabs could just as easily be circles or any other interesting shape.  

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