This Chinese Artist Is Reviving a 1,000-Year-Old Bookbinding Process

This Chinese Artist Is Reviving a 1,000-Year-Old Bookbinding Process

Book Culture

I’m always up for a little history lesson, not to mention some classic art and literature. When you mix all of them together then you’ve hit the damn trifecta. Try your best to go back in time to about 618 CE, more than 1,000 years ago. This was when China was at the very beginning of the Tang Dynasty. It was then that the ancient art of dragon scale bookbinding was born.    “Dream of the Red Chamber” | Image Via CNN   It was an ancient literary art passed down between royals, nobles, and affluent families. They believed it …

How Books Are Bound Is Actually Super Cool

How Books Are Bound Is Actually Super Cool

Book Culture

The craft of bookbinding has been in development for well over a thousand years. Although a lot of the books you and I read go through a commercial binding process, many craftspeople still do their cutting, measuring, and gluing by hand.   The Binding Studio in New Zealand is home to one such binder, Louise James. James started binding in 2001 and opened her home-based studio in 2009. The Binding Studio creates bespoke bindings for special orders. James takes the orders, does the measuring, crafts the binding, and ships it essentially by herself. She’s a classic bookbinder.   To get …