Things That Are Blue (Book) Final

A great use for this documentation of my work is that it has provided my with a step by step guide that I can reffer back to when I am stuck when bookbinding. I've discovered that I learn best visually, thus explaining why the bookbinding instruction books in the print studio were hard for my to follow but looking at past images of me doing book binding for "The Yellow Wall-Paper" was most instructive. 

My least favourite part is the stitching. I am, by nature, not a gifted sewist (sewer, seamstress?). Stitching is often where things go wrong for me and I have to stitch again. There's so much pressure to get it right, its the last step in the process and hold the entire book together. Everything leads up to this moment. I did however learn how to do the stitching by heart by doing so often. I've been looking at alternatives to stitching, and stapling seems like a good option. Still... it doesn't look as good, or even professional, nor can it hold more than a certain number of pages. Thats why I've used staples on my soft covers, and not my final pieces. I'm still a strong believer in staples, and in their use. If we take a look back at the BA Branding and Identity book from which I still draw inspiration, it is held together by two staples. What I like about this, is that they went for red staples to suit the colour scheme. In future projects I will definitely plan out staple colour, I simply didn't know that coloured staples are a thing, they could have been useful in my project.

My mind now wanders to the possibilities of colour staples. Finding staples in the exact colours of my alphabet and using this a morse code to produce a new form of writing.  Words written out in coloured staples. Stapling the entire spine of a book in colour. My "Things That Are Blue" book could have had blue staples.