Umbelliferae Like Snowflakes, A4 Hand Bound Bespoke Photograph Album, with Original Artwork Covers

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The covers for this A4 (8.27 x 11.69 inches) hand bound photograph album were made using original wet cyanotype prints.

Both front and back covers feature different kinds of Umbelliferae, gathered from the hedgerows around my lovely Wiltshire home. I love the way that Umbelliferae can look like snowflakes when I use them in cyanotypes.

To create the cover prints for this album were created using Hahnemuhle Buggra Bütten paper.

I used a dash of green ink, and a sprinkling of salt and vinegar in the wet cyanotype developing process. The salt gives a lovely crystalline effect.

The inside covers are made using handmade Nepalese Lokta paper in a lovely Airmail blue.

The book is stitched together with silver waxed cotton.

I used Coptic stitching to bind the book together. Coptic binding means that the book will lie completely flat when opened, which means that this book is perfect as a photograph album and would also make a wonderful sketch book.

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Coptic binding was a method of bookbinding employed by early Christians in Egypt, the Copts, and used from as early as the 2nd century AD to the 11th century.

Coptic bindings are characterized by sections of paper sewn through their folds and attached to each other with chain stitch linkings across the spine of the book. The book artist who taught me Coptic binding told me that traditionally, hand bound books would have seven signatures, or sections, and that is how many I use.

The pages of this book were created using recycled A2 White Craft Card at a nice heavy weight of 220gsm, which makes it perfect for photograph albums. It would also work wonderfully well as an artist’s sketchbook … you can stick lots of great craft materials on this card for a beautiful finish. As it’s 100% recycled it has a slight texture to it which is great for crayons, pastel and paint work.

The grey-board used for the covers is also, wherever possible, made from recycled materials.

This book is unique and made entirely by hand.

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