bonefolder

I have recently become an admiring reader of The Bonefolder, a biannual e-journal filled with book arts scholarship, critique, tutorials, and interviews. It also contains a wonderful sense of community between far-flung members of the bookbinding world, filled with content submitted by passionate artists with all levels of experience. In the most recent issue, I was stunned by the  prose of A. Kendra Greene in her collection of five essays Beatiful & Clever (As Well As Technically Correct), which to me has a wonderful cadence and honesty. From "Case by Case": "The process is a litany of decisions and consequences, and you can’t fret too much about any of them or you will be paralyzed and never take the next step. It is painstaking and unpredictable. I pull the kettle stitches linking the sections a little too tight, and the French sewing appears to swell and distend between the head and tail kettles. My end bands, which I have been whittling down, respectively, in crimson and butter slivers, look far too narrow and still I am told they are entirely too wide. So I stop trusting my eyes and put faith in my fingers. With the forwarding done and the text block knocked back in the lapped case, I pinch at the spine as if it were a fruit and I was unsure whether it was ripe enough to eat. I learn that what I can’t see, I must feel...

"I glue out the pastedowns earnestly, yet get worse with practice. I worry over a hair’s width and it matters. All my successes, I find, are conditional on the next success. And yet my failures, some of them anyway, are forgiven. I learn it isn’t enough to double-check the measurements; I must also allow for what I cannot measure."