Bookbinding is an art form I have recently become interested in. Making a book is a lengthy process, and requires precision. The interior is made first. Pages are folded in half to make a folio. Four folios “stacked” make a signature. Books can have many signatures – these have six – and they comprise the book block. All pages are carefully stitched together, and then glued. A cover is made separately. One of the most challenging aspects of bookbinding is gluing the book block into the cover. A mistake at this point can cost the entire project. These 5" x 7" blank books are one of a kind, since the papers are so limited; and each book may have up to six hours of work behind it. They are signed and dated in the back.
I am also developing a line of hand made portfolios, and will be displaying them very soon.