Tuesday, 4 March 2014


Once i had finished writing up the booklets contents and had completed the digital design process I was ready to begin with the craft based, physical production stage of the project.

As outlined in my design decisions I plan to apply a decorative Japanese binding method which has relevant to the intricate process of creating ORMUS and the various stages of the alchemical process. Past experience has taught me that it is very important to test a technique before progressing head first with the production of the final outcome. As, if a mistake is made there is no turning back and a lot of effort will have been jeopardized. Therefore, before progressing with the booklets production I decided to create a mock up version allowing me to get to grips with the outlined binding method.

The mock up was printed at a slightly smaller size and did not utilise the same stock as the final outcome and so was not a completely accurate representation of the final outcome. However, the mock up booklet still allowed me to review the booklets layout, page navigation and binding method.

The production method is detailed below;

  • The pages of the booklet and tip-in outcome were trimmed using a scalpel and metal ruler.

  • Next, the pages were accurately folded using a bone folder.  

  • The cover was made from the same reused grey card as the cover of the final outcome. Using the same materials allowed me to test the characteristics of the material such as how easy it it to make holes in and bend. 
  • Leaving a gap will allow the pages of the publication to open.

  • An etching needle was used to puncture holes into the cover ready for the binding process.

  • Pages of the publication, tip-in booklet and covers were all held together using two clips to ensure nothing moved while the booklet was bound. 

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