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Bookbinding of Your Artwork without Folds

A course by Susana Dominguez Martin
National Artistic Bookbinding Award (Spain, 2017). Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 04/21/2018
, National Artistic Bookbinding Award (Spain, 2017)

Learn how to present your work artisanally to open at 180º without losing any visual information

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (18)
  • 1359 students
Bookbinding of Your Artwork without Folds

Learn how to present your work artisanally to open at 180º without losing any visual information


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (18)
  • 1359 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 21 Lessons (4h 27m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

An essential part of any collection of art is in its presentation, a craft that can enhance and even become a part of its narrative. Susana Domínguez, winner of the National Artistic Bookbinding Award in Spain (2017), is a specialist in this beautiful discipline and is the founder of Códex studio, a place of international reference in the artistic bookbinding field. Through her continuous investigation and experimentation with different materials and techniques, she creates innovative solutions that adapt to the needs of each art piece.

In her first Domestika course, Susana taught the basics of Handmade Binding without Stitches to create your own art book. In this course, she teaches you how to join loose pages to bind them without any folds and with a full 180º opening without losing any print, image, or other information. Use either the artwork itself or add other materials as a supporting structure, and develop two types of models in a simple way, without the need for any previous experience.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Previous steps
  • U3
    U3. Preparation of the project: joining the sheets
  • U4
    U4. Preparation and joining of the caps
  • U5
    U5. Final recommendations
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Meet Susana, a professional with extensive experience and winner of the National Artistic Bookbinding Award in Spain (2017). She talks about this beautiful craft, her career, projects, and where she finds in the bookbinding field.

Start by getting a recap of the types of paper, tools, and materials you’ll use in the course. She shows you how to prepare the printed images on rice paper and how to transfer them onto cotton paper to prepare the base of the two prototypes for the course. She also shows you a technique to dye and give texture to leather.

Then, see how to join the elements to create two types of presentation: uniting two elements to create a bifolium, and then see each step to create a concertina with your bifolium or in a codex-stitched book format.

Discover the use of the book cover, by analyzing three different types and see how to prepare, develop, and bind them: without a book spine and with a book spine for concertina and book covers for bookbinding with stitches.

Lastly, Susana gives you alternatives to work with the same image using different supporting structures: watercolor, photography, or drawings, among others; and shows you some formats to present your artwork so it stands out.

What is this course's project?

Create two bookbinding models for your artwork with which you can add many other types of media to either bind them and create concertinas or for bookbinding with stitches.

Who is it for?

For anyone interested in bookbinding: graphic artists, photographers, illustrators, as well as binders.

What you need

No previous experience is required to take this course.

As for materials you’ll need any type of artwork (photography, collage, postcards, watercolor, drawings…), cardboard and/or poster board, Wenzhou paper or any type of Japanese paper, Tyvek (optional), a ruler, a craft knife, PVA glue, methyl, cement paper (optional), and double-sided polyester film tape (optional).


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Susana Dominguez Martin

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National Artistic Bookbinding Award (Spain, 2017)

Trained in the classic techniques of binding, her commitment has always been to make this art affordable, by researching less expensive techniques, both in time and materials, that help to provide a contemporary image to the artist's book, beyond what is provided by classic binding. Susana Dominguez's personal style is characterized by the constant research on new materials and techniques, working together with artists and techniques from other disciplines, but always looking for a personal touch with solutions that fit the needs of today's bookbinding.

Susana has been awarded in Spain and other European countries for her work in the bookbinding world and since 2006, she has been teaching at Códex studio, together with Guadalupe Roldán. Códex, the studio of which she is the founder, has become an international reference in artistic bookbinding, and a space for the exchange of ideas and knowledge in which a large number of bookbinders and artists of different nationalities have received their education.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Previous steps

    • Tools
    • materials
    • Image preparation: bifolius and skin base
  • U3

    Preparation of the project: joining the sheets

    • Basic union of two elements: bifolios 1
    • Basic union of two elements: bifolios 2
    • Union of three or more elements: concertina
    • Bi-fold stitching 1
    • Bi-fold stitching 2
    • Bifolio stitch 3
    • Bi-fold stitching 4
  • U4

    Preparation and joining of the caps

    • Spineless tapas for concertina 1
    • Spineless tapas for concertina 2
    • Three pieces (with spine) for concertina 1
    • Three pieces (with spine) for concertina 2
    • Covers for stitched binding 1
    • Covers for stitched binding 2
  • U5

    Final recommendations

    • Alternatives of different image supports
    • Presentation variants: play with sizes and perspective
  • FP

    Final project

    • Bookbinding of Your Artwork without Folds

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Bookbinding of Your Artwork without Folds. A Craft course by Susana Dominguez Martin Best Seller

Bookbinding of Your Artwork without Folds

A course by Susana Dominguez Martin
National Artistic Bookbinding Award (Spain, 2017). Madrid, Spain.
On Domestika since 04/21/2018
  • 100% Positive reviews (18)
  • 1359 students