So I was really excited about stab binding. Frankly, I thought it was hideous at first, but in my world, I have a tendency to think so much about hideous things that I start to love them. It was definitely the form I was most excited to use when getting started on making a soft cover book. Of course, I ended up making all three forms for practice, and it turned out that I loved my matchbook best, but I still wanted to investigate the stab binding further. Immediately upon looking into stab binding, I found out that it is often not hideous; rather, it is often lovely and complicated and geometrically intriguing.
So anyway, I was going to get to the desert. I think I should move there. Half the art I love comes from people who move to the desert and find themselves flourishing. Maynard James Keenan has a lot to say about that topic, but that is neither here nor there. I was really drawn to this lady Val Bembenek’s journals. I really love handmade paper with plants in it, and I also love the jewels and cutouts she incorporates in her journals. It got me thinking about wire wrapping in a stab binding. I wire wrap pamphlet style journals currently, and I’m really excited to start experimenting with this new form. I think it will take a lot of forethought in order to get the wire through and smooth, or maybe I could just make a really small one with only a few holes.
I did an image search for stab binding in the hopes that I could follow cool trails back to their makers. I fell in love with this book:
When I went to investigate the source further, I found that it was an awesome blog about someone who dedicated herself to making a book a day. Delightful!