This is a great weekend to be a book lover in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Roedde House is a restored Queen Ann style home that has become a museum. Lucky for me it's at 1415 Barclay St. which is in the heart of my neighborhood, the West End.
This weekend was an open house. It's so cool; you have to ring the old fashioned bell in order to be let in. Someone comes and greets you and welcomes you into the house. They direct you to the umbrella stand, then the coat hook stand as they tell you a bit about the home and what's going on in the house that day.
Gustav Roedde was a bookbinder by trade. In his day he made ledgers for businesses and the local municipal governments. In fact, he may have been the city's first Bookbinder. It was quite fitting that the guests for the weekend were a Bookbinder and a Hand Marbler.
Yesterday they has a bookbinder from the Mad Hatter Bookbinding Company, Alanna Simenson. She had a bookbinding frame set up. Earlier she had already used it to sew the signatures for the Perfect Bound book she was making.
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FYI This is not Alana Simenson.
It was a great experience and opportunity to pick her brains and ask some questions that I had about Bookbinding. I've always had trouble with endpapers stretching. Fortunately her book cover was ready to be attached and she walked me through the process and adding suggestions. I also discovered some new sources for materials and asked more random questions. I found her to be an extremely knowledgeable bookbinder. Alana's cover was finished with marbled paper.
Lots of people wandered through the house and had questions of their own. Many people asked about courses in Bookbinding. Sadly in Vancouver there aren't many opportunities for instruction or even sources for materials. Hopefully that will change in the future.
My second day at Roedde House I got caught in a downpour of rain. My pants were soaked and my feet squished in my waterlogged shoes. Again, I rang the old fashioned bell, and was let in. I hung up my coat and deposited my umbrella in the stand. I squished my way into the old fashioned kitchen to watch Phyllis Greenwood marbling paper across the room from the wood stove.
She too was gracious and answered loads of questions from everyone as she made a row of pink tulips on top of the marbled ink on the water. I marveled at the different combs she had made for dragging across the paint. There were explanations with beautiful photos of how to make each design. It was fascinating to watch, ask questions and then begin to understand the process. It made me look at my own, purchased, marbled papers differently. I'm hoping to attend one of her workshops next summer.
Phyllis Greenwood's marbled papers.
So, that's been my weekend so far.
* Roedde House: http://www.roeddehouse.org/en/about/the-roedde-house-museum/history-xbe
* Alana Simenson: email@example.com - Repairs, Fine Binding and Box Making
* Phyllis Greenwood: http://www.kestrelbooks.ca/book_repair.htm
Book Restoration, hand marbled paper
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