It is customary for the title and author to be stamped in foil on the cover or spine of a book.
The studio has a range of lead type in stock from which the title is hand-set, and foil stamped. 18 point Caslon is typically used for scripts and thesis bindings.
Foil is available in gold, silver, black, red, green, and brown. Other colors may be special ordered.
Some clients wish to use custom artwork, logos, and images. This is possible by having a magnesium stamping die made. Images of this type of project can be seen below.
Specifications for stamping dies:
black and white artwork
maximum size, 5.75" x 9.75"
Stamping dies are made off-site, are charged by the square inch, and shipping charges apply.
Gibbs Bookbinding is happy to assist in creating print-ready files from your artwork, but design fees will apply.
Stamping may be done on paper, cloth, or leather; and on the spine, front cover, or back cover.
2017 was ... 2017.
It was universally referred to as "a dumpster fire."
Then my state caught on fire. Everything, everywhere, there was soot and ash. (Benefit: some nice sunsets.)
However, it felt like a metaphor made real; it's hard to be an optimist when everything is, quite literally, burning. (In a twist of Robert Frost's Fire and Ice poem, while the west coast is on fire, the east coast is encased in ice.)
As the complications of last year's holiday card were still fresh in my mind, and in the hope of timeliness, I drastically simplified the construction of this year's edition, and used a very basic cut-and-fold technique.
And, in the spirit of getting things done, I embraced the relative simplicity of the project, and have sent the phoenix flying through the postal system. The stamps for the eclipse -- a cosmic death and rebirth cycle played out this year -- seemed most fitting for the bird who is born in flames.
For 2018, a wish for flourishing: creatively, personally, spiritually.
Come say hi! I'll be at booth B-17.
In addition to the four editions of artist's books currently available for sale, there will be a selection of books for writers, artists, and doodlers, as well.
Browse a range of leather, cloth, and paper blank books, with blank, lined, or grid-line pages; as well as diaries and bullet-journals; or choose from the line of greeting cards.
If you want to just stop by and chat, that'd be swell, too.
When: Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Where: International Printing Museum, 315 W Torrance Blvd, Carson, CA
A slideshow of some recent work from the studio.
A book taken from a buckram library binding, resewn, bound in full green goatskin leather, with a plate from the text used for a full front-cover gold-stamped illustration. Bibliographic information stamped on spine.
A heavily self-repaired (i.e., tape, packing tape, bits of paper) broadside about the use of a microscope. Tape removal, repairing of document, linen portfolio case with foredge ties and stamped leather label.
Full goatskin leather binding, decorated to appear aged, for prop purposes. Artwork stamped in gold on front cover.