Two butterfly (cho) books, one bound, one not yet bound. They are vehicles for copperplate calligraphy which I was studying at the time; both are on archival high-quality bookbinding paper. The larger unbound is a sonnet by Petrarch – Italian on one side, an English translation on the other. It will end up with a very unconventional-shaped cover. The smaller bound one has a poem on one side and coloured pencil drawings of flowers on the other. They’re not purely Japanese of course, but a modern interpretation of Japanese traditional structures, as taught to me by master bookbinder Daphne Dobyn.






Various small examples of butterfly or flutter books, as taught to me by Daphne Dobyn. Bottom left shows blank pages; upper left shows the yellow endpapers and ‘pages’ with samples of Chiyogami and other Japanese printed papers. The examples at left are in the same style, here showing covers using torn paper and concertina spine structure.


Here they all are with their covers closed. Dimensions to follow.


stab binding 1

Having just made the marvellous discovery of, Ito de – Made of Thread, I honour that wonderful weblog with a photo of a traditional style book I made a while back: a single sheet of proper acid-free bookbinding paper, hand torn into 16 sheets and stab-bound with two sheets of medium-grade bookbinding paper and brown waxed linen thread, with a glued-on piece of glossy paper pulled from a piece of advertising to protect the cover edge somewhat. I went for a five-hole binding and I liked the ‘hemp’ (asanoha) binding design enough to use it here. 21x156m.

I like very much the idea of using shibori-dyed fabric as bookbinding covers, as inspired by Ito de. I will dig out other books I’ve made and post photos – butterfly books used to hold postcards of Japan and small samples of Japanese papers.