een Hand Gebonden Kunstenaarsboek '(The) Fairing(s)', the Artist's-Books Workshop,Vilnius 2009 an Art or Trade of Book Binding Artist's-Book / le Livre d'Artist Reliure Artisanal ou Artistique/ ein handgebundenes Künstler Buch / Mahler Buch

1. A 'fairing' is a gift. More precisely: a 'fairing' is a present given at or brought from a fair. 2. A 'fairing' is a thin cake made of sugar and butter.

3. 'Fairing' is making the surface of an aeroplane smooth and streamlike. More generally it is used for the process of streamlining.

As such, book binding means nothing more than somehow keeping pages together.
The old printers and publishers did not bind books, they simply let the buyer/owner make a choice in how he wanted to keep his pages in a row on the shelves.
In my collection of antique books I have several groups of pages simply held together with one clumsy stich right through the left upper corner.
Binding as in artist's-books is something again belonging to the artisitic basics of balancing inner values and outer function resulting in 'taste' (it would be a sad thing if taste decided what an artist would or indeed could do);
"'taste' is what an actual period looks like as to the standards of those that made it look at all", my guess would be.
Proper old fashioned book-binding is the trade by wich one could keep fire, animals and moulds out of the inside of a book. I for one have seen this utterly useful function of the bindings of older books in the Barbarigo Library in Montefiascone.
But:
It is one thing to do something against onsloughts - it's another thing to do something for the very best reasons of making an honnest product.

The very best 'period' sentence after the Second World War of the Dutch poet Lucebert is :
"Alles van waarde is weerloos" (anything of value is defensless), I am a child of that time, and in that tradition I love the idea of making a book valuable without defenses from inner inside to outer outside; even if it is not defending itself against the onsloughts of fire, animals and moulds.

I like my books to show their very weaknesses: "the spine should be open" (well, not nessessairily so, as I like to show off as a sinner - not as I should, but as I simply don't believe in the TRUTH even if it were "the truth amongst other errors"); open to what is inside!

The one's on the left certainly aren't, but I do like to think that the one's on the right are vulnerable enough to arouse an honnest interest.

'All things in a book should be funtional, and must be read from the inside as well as from the outside', is something of an ideal - it is good to know what an ideal is.

It is fun to "Read the Make"

The make can be aesthetic and functional at the same time

or things could show that 'it' is a more private thing for a friend

 

Leather and Parchment should not just be used for defensive reasons only;
this book is on Salt Marshes on the shipping South-East side of Great britain



Photographs and books - from idea up until the final execution - on this page are by Joseph Joh'n' Visser

 

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