It was an honor to be invited to take part in the Ephemera binding project. As a painter, bookbinder, and former archivist, I knew from the title alone that I was sure to enjoy it immensely. When the book in sheets arrived, I felt certain that the artists featured within were kindred spirits.
My participation in this project allowed me to experiment with a binding structure that I had not yet tried, and gave me the welcomed opportunity to tap into my own collection of ephemera that I have amassed over the years.
I chose to use a Simplified Binding, as I wanted to work the boards separately from the spine. The spine was covered in goatskin, while the boards were laminated with a card stock latticework, which was then in turn covered in a toned tissue. This was followed by goatskin onlays and paper inlays. The inlays consist of scraps of marbled and decorative paper, deaccessioned library materials, and detritus acquired as a restoration bookbinder”