May 14 Avril Makula One Day Drum Leaf Binding
Sunday 14 May 2023 • 10am to 4pm
Drum leaf binding
Drum leaf binding is an adhesive book structure made up of single folded folios. Pages are ‘drummed’ at the spine and foredge, then the spine and cover are attached. Only one side of each folio is visible when the book is bound, making it a great structure for binding prints, drawings and the like, when only one side of the paper has been used. Because this is a book with no stitching, it allows for full page spreads uninterrupted by rows of thread in the centre folds. It can be made from a wide range of paper types, it lies quite flat, and is fairly easy to construct. While this book structure is great for binding existing artwork, you can also use blank pages. In this one-day workshop, suitable for all levels, we will aim to make two books, each using a different spine attachment technique.
ABOUT Avril Makula
From a very young age Avril Makula spurned toys for christmas in favour of books and records, so it should be no surprise that books and music would influence her career.
She attained a visual arts degree at Alexander Mackie, but then, in an attempt to incorporate words and typography into her practice, carved out a career as a graphic designer specialising in books. This was satisfying to some degree, but she still kept wondering what she would do when she grew up. Then quite recently it dawned on her that she could do whatever she wanted. That realisation coincided with being introduced to the concept of artist’s books, and she now wonders how it took her so long.
Avril works with typography, the alphabet, numbers, music, colour, design, structure and order. She combines these themes with her love of print and printmaking and employs the disciplines of traditional bookbinding techniques to create books that are not necessarily traditional.
Avril lives and works in Sydney, but wishes someone would invent a machine that would allow her to simultaneously live in Chicago, New York, Kauai and rural New South Wales, all without leaving home.