Wrap-around cover illustration for Koshka, an upcoming magazine published by my friend Kaitlin Kostus, focusing on art and culture of the former Eastern Bloc.
‘koshka’ = Russian for cat
2-color cover to be offset printed
original ink drawing
Many thanks to Betsy Mikel at The Chicagoist for this lovely opportunity to talk about the inspiration and process behind Struwwelpeter, screen printing, and community studios:
This post is long overdue, as I’ve been preoccupied with finishing up the books. Anyway, here are some shots from the hand binding process.
punching holes in the signature (group of folded pages)
a stack of the punched signatures ready to be sewn
measuring and cutting the spines
cutting the bookcloth for the covers
some of the materials: bookcloth, spine, bone folder, PVA glue, brush
applying glue to the spines…
…which are glued in place on the bookcloth
applying glue to the bookcloth…
…then gluing the bookboard in place
drying the covers before the next steps
More to come! Hope this was helpful :)
Now that I’m back, I thought I’d post some updates on the Struwwelpeter project. There has been a lot to do on the books, so I’ve been busy ordering materials and finishing everything up.
The pages have all been printed and cut down to size. I am now in the process of folding, sewing and gluing everything… Soon I will be applying the covers and wrapping everything in bookcloth.
For the next few weeks, I will be recording the book-binding process as much as I can. Since I’m relatively new at this, I’m learning as I go and trying out new things.
First, before the pages can be bound, they have to be folded. Since there are over 620 sheets of paper to fold, setting up a jig is a good idea.
I used some illustration board to set up the edges, then taped a ruler across (making sure it is aligned to the halfway point). The height of the illustration boards allowed for space to slide the sheets in and out.
Once the sheet was in place, I used a bone folder, sliding it down the length of the ruler a few times. This creates a crease straight down the sheet:
The crease allows the page to fold in half without damaging it.
The fold is pressed a couple times on each side with the bone folder, creating a sharp fold. Eventually you have a whole stack of folded pages.
Working on the poster art and printing for the upcoming moe. New Year’s Eve performance. This also marks their 20th Anniversary show, at the House of Blues in Boston, MA.
Finished the first color for over 200 posters last night…
printing the second color of ‘Johnny Head-in-Air’…
Here is the process from pencil to the final four-color screenprint of ‘The Story of Fidgety Philip’.
The story is about a boy who refuses to sit still at the dinner table, eventually grabbing at the tablecloth and knocking everything to the floor. This page faces the text for a different story in the book.
the final 8×10 pencil drawing
which is inked…
after layout and color separations are done, the first color – red – is printed
then the second color, gray
printing the third color
and lastly, the fourth and final :)
Since the transparencies have been coming out spotty, I’ve been painting them in with india ink. It works really well and I prefer it to the Super Black markers because the markers tend to sticky and cling to the screen, leaving residue behind.
Printing the first color for one of the pages for the ‘Harriet and the Matches’ story
Some process shots from the artist residency at Spudnik Press…
printing the first color of pages #10 and #3
Below is one of the finished printed pages, a small introductory illustration from the story of the Harriet and the Matches