Dear Friends, Students, Faculty Members and lovers of books,

This is Deb Stevens. I am the administrative director for the American Academy of Bookbinding based out of Telluride, Colorado. This blog was started as a way for all of us, those who have studied at AAB, friends of AAB, as well as those who want to find out more about this place, can keep in touch with each other during the year. I'll be posting all kinds of photos, news and updates as regularly as possible (or newsworthy). I hope you will also share any bookbinding thoughts, questions, revelations, etc. Send me your photos and let us all know what you're up to. Keep connected!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

New Oriental Binding a HIT!

Students made incredible bindings with Monique Lallier in her class, New Oriental Bindings. New Oriental Binding is an elegant technique that allows the book to open flat with each page. As Monique describes it: "The beauty of the New Oriental binding is that the book opens flat and no glue touches the sections of the book. The technique is linked to the Japanese style that we all know without the visible sewing. The difference is the preparation of the text block as each section is sewn separately. The covers are also worked on individually and attached to the text block at the end of the process."

Students could use leather, cloth or paper for the covers, and the eight students used a variety of materials for their beautiful books.

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