Header Image taken by Corinna Krause, Sollas Books

I had a meeting with my bookbinder to discuss some questions emerging as I begin the image printing process for my Handmade Artist’s Book.  As always, it was very helpful to discuss my plans and the complexities and decisions that need to be made in creating a handmade piece of art.  I have previously posted as follows:




I confirmed the decisions I had made since our last meeting:

  • Chosen Hahnemuhle William Turner A2 photographic paper.
  • Decided on a square book format.
  • Decided not to have a deckle edge on the pages.

The issues on the agenda were as follows:

  • We discussed whether the book should be square or should allow an extra 2cm for the stitching.
  • I need to consider whether to expand the border to 3cm to give the image more space to breathe.   I should mock-up the page with stitching but can make the decision in June in North Uist.
  • We considered fabric cover options and decided on a fine book cloth with samples to consider in North Uist.  Blue or charcoal is the most likely.  The fabric will be backed with tissue paper.
  • We determined whether the title of the book and my name could be placed on the cover and how.  This is possible and there are a number of options including the creation of a new stamp in the same size and font as my thesis and the inside contents of the book.  Stamp colours available are gold and silver and white could be ordered.
  • We considered the production of slipcases.  This would add additional cost, complexity, and work time.  It would also necessitate all books remaining in North Uist until the sleeves are made.
  • We noted that those pages in the book with printed words may have to use different paper with a less textured surface.


  • Production of three sets of images by the end of May.
  • 2-day workshop in North Uist in June.
  • Delivery of 3 books with 3 slipcases by mid-July.


  • Bookbinder to confirm the new schedule for delivery.
  • Take 3 sets of images to North Uist in June.
  • Take spare photographic paper to North Uist in case I wish to use it to back the cover boards.
  • Decide on cover fabric in North Uist in June.
  • Confirm the preferred option for stamp and provide a template of the size and font as required.
Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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