i was lucky enough to take a bookbinding course during my semester here at folkwang, + it was definitely my favourite class by far. each wednesday we’d head to the Bookbindery workshop (Buchbinderei auf Deutsch) where we learned about paper grain, how to use the kick ass machines in the room (the paper schneider / paper cutter was by far my favourite), and we created a whole bunch of different things. our biggest project was learning how to make seven different kinds of small books, all bound in different ways. once all of the books were complete, we made a box which was to fit them perfectly. i was stoked that by the time everything was finished, that it all fit (because even one or two milimetres extra / not enough could’ve caused big problems). it was definitely a lesson of striving for perfection, + in a german setting especially, i learned that everything has a certain way of being done + if it’s not perfect, it’s not good enough! it was frustrating at times (like when my teacher sat next to me + made me fold paper five times until i had the folds all exactly, perfectly correct). i appreciate it now though.
the second project was making a new cover for a book. i really struggled to find an english book with the correct paper grain, so i ended up with the German version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland. it took quite a long time to finish everything, but i’m stoked with the results + i’m looking forward to making more stuff with the bookbindery equipment i’ve bought to bring back home with me.