Yesterday, despite UPS’s best efforts I managed to get both boxes of the printed spreads of Geometric Meditations. I unpacked and organized the components, and assembled the first sixteen copies. I gave the first three copies to Susan, Zoë and Helen. I put the fourth in my library, in the religion section with the Kabbalah books. This is a book I’ve wanted in my library for a long time.
The process of making these books is labor intensive. Here’s the process:
- Collate the signature from six separate stacks of spreads.
- Fold each sheet.
- Use template to punch three holes (for sewing) through the signature fold.
- Measure 14″ of red waxed linen thread and thread it through the bookbinding needle.
- Starting from the top hole in the spine sew the signature, using a figure-eight pattern.
- Tie off the top and trim the threads evenly.
- With a craft knife (#11 Olfa) trim top and bottom edges in .75″.
- Trim outer edge in .75″.
I’m working on methods to streamline production, but it is still time-consuming.
If you receive a copy of this book, please take care of it. In each book is fifteen years of intense thinking, hands-on use and iterative design, five years of obsessive writing, rewriting and editing, one year of final editing and design tweaking, two months of production work and about half an hour of handcraft.
I made everything as beautiful as I could, and I am uneasily pleased with how it turned out.