So I am currently already in Bogotá, but I had to write about this awesome Bookbinding Class I took at Helene Genvrin's studio up in Eixample, Barcelona. Oh the irony. After 3 years in Barcelona and desperately trying to find good Bookbinding courses and studios, just as I have to leave, I find Helena's course. I am in love with her studio. It's gorgeous and bright!
See that guillotine above? I covet it. I covet it so badly. But it'll be physically impossible for me to carry it everywhere I go! Still... I shall file it away in my memory to pull out whenever I feel sad.
Ms Genvrin is sweet and great at what she does. I want to be apprenticed to her. She also made me feel like a giant because she must be about 5' or so and standing next to her I felt like I could eat her. :D
Aside from making a pretty neat notebook (and learning how to do the Belgian Stitch) I was also proud of the fact that I went through this whole course in Spanish (and a bit of Catalan)! I only got stuck 20% of the time which was fine by me.
I got to use Helene's handmade punching cradle which has inspired me to make my own - as soon as I can figure out where to buy good quality paper here in Bogotá. I kind of regret not bringing some paper with me. I mean, I did bring my bookcloth but I figured I could buy plain ol' paper here.
So far I see only normal white paper and none of the beautiful paper I was getting at Raima in Barcelona.
So, I actually made a mistake by making the cover a little too big due to some miscalculations (and not knowing how to use a set square apparently), but I still love my covers. It's the first time I'm actually using some home made glue (and a roller) to paste the book cloth on and I believe the cover came out looking very professional if I do say so myself.