The sounds of Motown are in my head, but I’m hearing R-E-C-Y-C-L-E instead of Aretha’s amazing voice and R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
I’ve been on a recycling toot ever since I learned how to sew a Belgian secret binding from Hedi Kyle. The workshop was at Shakerag some years ago, and I seem to remember an abundance of liquor. There were a lot of cardboard beer cartons in the recycling bin, and some of us decided to salvage them and use them to try out our newly acquired bookbinding skills.
I used the Belgian secret binding again with recycled pages from an old art museum calendar. I cut the pages into strips then wove them to make a front and back cover.
For some upcoming art/craft shows, I will be selling these mini books which I made from old scratched up vinyl 45 rpm records. For the spine and lining, I used fabrics from discarded sample books. Some had a binding made from ultrasuede scraps leftover from previous projects. I used a simple long stitch to sew the signatures to the spine.
So instead of placing my beer cartons and cardboard packaging in the recycling bucket, I’ve been saving them with the intention of binding them into books. Looks like I have some work ahead of me.
For those of you who want to try this at home, Re-bound by Jeannine Stein has some excellent ideas and examples plus clear diagrams and instructions for your own creations. Re-bound can be purchased here.