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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The 29th Annual OCAD Book Arts Fair

This Saturday, I will have a table at the 29th Annual Book Arts Fair featuring several new projects, and some new editions from the Pointyhead Press catalogue. The event takes place in the Great Hall at OCAD, and runs from 10-5.

For more information about the event including a list of the vendors this year, follow the link to the Facebook event here:

Here's a preview of some of what I'll be bringing this year:

Manum Alloquere! (Talk to the Hand)

Health and Safety Tips from Many Lands

The Tlön Omnibus

The Cask of Amontillado

The Wrapped Trees of Dovercourt Present Annabel Lee

Friday, November 22, 2013

Preparing Your Book for Self Publication

Blurb not doing it for you?

If you've decided to produce your own book, here are a few tips for you to think about before you print. There are things for you to decide, which have to do with how it should be printed and how you want to have it bound. Here is a checklist for anyone who is interested, to help you get the best possible results:

Preparing Your Book for Self Publication

Prep of text:
  • Single sheets or signatures?
  • Signatures open flatter, book handles more flexibly.
  • Margins- particularly the left one if printing in single sheets –minimum ¾”.

Here are a couple of places I recommend:
  • Print Zone,  191 Dundas St W., 416-204-9292.
  • Mid Town Reproductions,  384 Adelaide St W.,  downstairs, 416-591-9010.           

Selection of paper:
  • Weight- too thick and the book won’t open nicely. Too thin and you risk show-through.

GRAIN: parallel to the spine if possible.  The book's “flow” will be much more pleasant. Single sheets              especially. 

  • Single sheets are drilled and sewn.
  • Signatures, usually 12-16 pages, i.e 3 or 4 folds nested together, are sewn through the fold.           

Case Binding: 
  • Hard cover, wrapped in cloth, paper or leather or a combination.
  • Cloth or paper can be plain or printed.  Some cloths will go through an inkjet machine.
  • Paper binding – in plain or print, hard or soft cover.
  • Endpapers: white, coloured or printed. Found at art supply stores or The Paper Place.
  • Leather can be purchased at Perfect Leather Goods, 555 King St. W.
Get a sample before you buy in order to test stamping!

Stamping or debossing:
  • Suitable for paper, cloth or leather.
  • For wordmarks, logos, any type face.
  • Gold, silver, pigment colours or “blind” i.e. no colour                        
  • Die art –Vector file, black and white, no half tones, produces a “MAG” magnesium die,                       suitable for hot stamping. I use KDS Graphics, they're at 140 Midwest Avenue, 416-752-0540
  • When producing die art, keep in mind the weight of your lines. Little tiny feathery lines are difficult to stamp cleanly. Very broad lines are difficult to fill with foil. Keep lines medium weight.


ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR THE PRINTING, and BINDING! -eg. time to get the die made.
            Submit your material at least a week before you need it.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

mystery mnemonic hand

Further to the pics of the 16th C Antiphonal that I published a few weeks ago this diagram was salvaged from the ruins of the binding. It is apparently a mnemonic device for use with the choral music that was in the Antiphonal.  If anyone knows how it worked I would love to know.  Until then I all I can do is "talk to The Hand".