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  1. Bonus // Bookbinder of the Month: Tini Miura

    October 25, 2015 by Erin Fletcher


    In a recent competition put on by the Washington University Libraries Special Collections, the public was encouraged to judge books by their covers and cast their vote for favorite binding. Fittingly, the book being bound was Bernard C. Middleton’s You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover, which was published by Mel Kavin and designed by Ward Ritchie in miniature form back in 1995 (which is presumably around the time it was bound as well).

    The first book of this edition was designed and bound by Tini and Einen Miura and printed by Henry Morris. Later on, 32 more binders were invited to create their own unique binding and to celebrate the artistry of the miniature book.

    Tini bound the book in black morocco. She used the onlaid shapes and design to tell a story about the author. The ascending tooled area represents Bernard Middleton’s larger than life character. Running along side this path are circle onlays of various sizes and colors, which show the abundance of information he has shared with the world throughout his professional life.

    In the image above, the book is shown on the right with the slipcase pictured on the left. Tini also made a miniature chemise, which would be placed around the book before sliding it into the slipcase.


    The edges are gilt and headbands handsewn in colored silk. The doublures, seen above, have multicolored circular onlays and tooling.

    The scale of many of the bindings in your book A Master’s Bibliophile Bindings: Tini Miura 1980 – 1990 are quite large. For the final post in your interview I would like to talk about two miniatures you did for Bernard Middleton’s You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover. What challenges did you come across when scaling down the binding and decorating processes?
    Usually my books are large, because they are limited edition livre d’artiste. They have signed original images by artists like Picasso, Leger, Roualt, etc. and are extremely expensive.

    I prefer large books that open well and can be enjoyed easily, while lying on a table. Small books have to be held on both sides to keep them open, there is no weight to the text. But I have enjoyed doing some immensely. No change in binding steps for miniatures.

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    Tini bound an additional copy of Middleton’s book in black morocco with several colored inlays (inspired by the shape printed at the top of the foreword) and foil tooling.


    The edges have been gilt and gauffered with colored polka dots. The endpapers are marbled. The book lives in a small clamshell box.


  2. Swell Things No. 18

    November 30, 2014 by Erin Fletcher


    1. Looking for a wonderfully cheerful article to read with your morning coffee? Check out Adam Sternbergh’s article Smile, Your Speaking Emoji. This article details the evolution of these popular icons that have been slowly taking over our text messaging conversations. As humans we first began to communicate through imagery (think cave paintings) before slowly evolving into the written word. Emojis allow for quick communication; it’s amazing the amount of information that can be compacted into a single icon.
    2. How To Be Polite is an insightful article on the practice of politeness. The author, offers some helpful hints and some of his real-life experiences. Don’t assume you know everything on the art of being polite.
    3. At the end of October, Bernard Middleton, celebrated his 90th birthday! Read more about Bernard’s career and accomplishments from this article on the British Library’s Collection Care Blog.
    4. What is Missing? is a new interactive online project by famed memorial artist Maya Lin. As you scroll over the points plotted on the interactive map some information appears: the longitude and latitude, a date and most important the species or natural land formations that are in danger of becoming extinct in that area. Faced with the seriousness of humankind’s impact on the Earth, Maya created this interactive map as an awareness to the living animals and plants that are disappearing every 20 minutes. Spend some time with this website, make sure you are in a quite space and your volume is turned up.
    5. In 2014, the Grimm’s fairy tales are reimagined in a new and lovely artistic way. Grimm Scholar Jack Zipes translated and published The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition. The lovely artistic element of this book are the beautiful cut-paper illustrations by the oh, so talented Andrea Dezsö.


    6. Interested in the learning the Hungarian alphabet? Explore all 44 letters with an eager little girl inside this beautifully designed children’s book, Ábécés könyv by author and illustrator Anna Kövecses.
    7. Filmmaker Frederic Bonpapa is the creator of Life Motif, a film inspired by the neurological phenomenon synesthesia. How do you capture the sensation of seeing music? The film is centered around a CGI monkey as the space around him shifts structurally by the motion of the music. Set to the sound of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians – Section II, the mood is altered by changing colors in the atmosphere and the very anthropomorphic facial expressions of the monkey.
    8. The work of Nashville based illustrator Drew Tyndell has been featured on the blog before. But I recently landed upon his animation loops that are absolutely mesmerizing. It’s a good thing the animations ends after 15 seconds or else one might find themselves with their eyes glued to their screen.
    9. Abigail Bainbridge created this wonderful and playful tutorial on Japanese Stab Binding for the West Dean Blog. A great way to introduce someone, adult or child alike, to the craft of bookbinding. Plus, you can celebrate by eating your successfully tasty book!
    10. Artist Ruben Steeman drew an individual picture daily for seven straight years. Once he reach the milestone of his 2,500th drawing, he decided it was time to put them all in a book. Check out the article on BOOOOOOOM! describing Ruben’s process for creating such an impossibly large binding.


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