This blog goes public…

It has taken me a while to get there, but I have just made this site public. It is still in the process of development, and I hope to be able to add more background material before too long. Getting going with having a stall at a craft market is also taking a while to get off the ground, but I hope to start that in May and will then be able to post more details on where to find me. In the meantime, this web presence both helps me to keep a record of my work, and may perhaps attract the attention of people looking for a bookbinder in Cape Town…


10 responses to “This blog goes public…

  1. Very nice work! The embossing is very distinctive.

    • Thanks Andrea Elizabeth. I must admit that I have become quite enthralled by the embossing, although I’m not sure if that is the right word for it, but I can’t think of a better one.

  2. Exceptional!
    Had you done binding previously, or was this a new skill you picked up at your job?


  3. Mark of the Vineyard

    Great blog, Macrina. I was wondering, though, is it possible for someone to learn how to this by themselves?

    • Thanks, Mark. That is a difficult question to answer. There are books, and online resources, that give a good introduction to bookbinding – although there are also different ways of doing things and so one sort of has to know where someone is coming from. But, although I have picked up some other craft skills from books, I don’t think that would be easy with bookbinding. For a start, it really does take a lot of time and practice to get particular techniques and I think that that would be quite difficult to acquire with some form of ongoing apprenticeship with a skilled binder as one really learns things in practice. Of course, I have also learnt some things by myself, either by experimenting or by reading and if one doesn’t have any alternative then I would certainly not rule out plunging in and learning by doing it.

  4. As is the case in so many areas of life, there is a kind of “apostolic succession” in book binding.

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