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Caterpillar Coptic by mouse2cat Caterpillar Coptic by mouse2cat
This was my final project in my book arts class. I haven't had much of a chance to photograph my books yet but my teacher conveniently shot one for her records. The type of binding is called a caterpillar coptic which continues onto the cover. The paper is handmade rag paper I made and the covers are papyrus.
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whitneybroadaway Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the color palette you used. Did you follow Keith Smith's instructions on the caterpillar stitch by any chance?
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Yes! I love Keith's book. It is a little intimidating at first but as you go step by step it is actually wonderfully clear. I'd recommend his books to any bookbinder. :)
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whitneybroadaway Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hooray! Another Keith Smith fan! I love his Non-Adhesive Binding books, and I have the same issue with students I introduce to it- they always freak out about how complicated and technical the figures look and I try to assure them that if they would just follow the instructions it will be easier than they think.

I can't get over what a beautiful example this is.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
The only variation I made to Keith's binding is that the caterpillar tends to be a little too loose. So I did an under-binding to act as the real binding support so that I didn't need to depend on the caterpillar and I had a lot more tension control of each individual section...
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whitneybroadaway Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, I thought I saw a chain stitch hidden in there! You did a wonderful job of hiding it. I haven't done the caterpillar stitch yet, so it's good to know that I'll have to compensate for it being a little loose.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
:D My bookbinding teacher recommends some similar under-binding for the Japanese stab binding so you can do more decorative stitch work.
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whitneybroadaway Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting- I've never used an under stitch for a stab binding. I'll have to try it out sometime!
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
For the stab binding my my teacher called it a "kitakata staple" and we basically drilled 2 pairs of holes through the paper (without covers) within the margins of the decorative binding. We then took 2 strips of kitakata paper, twisted them and threaded them through the pages like a staple. Then flattened them and glued it all down. The idea was similar but this ends up being entirely invisible under the cover. And you don't have to worry about any of you pages shifting if you end up reading your stab bound book a lot.

I should probably draw a picture. lol
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SonyaSpiral Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Writer
Hei, I featured this book in my blog: [link] (:
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
AWESOME! I love the other books in that post especially the first one by lostsoulx44 who is a pretty cool person to talk to as well. :D
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional Writer
Wow, this binding is very fascinating! It does look like centipedes crawling on the cover. The earthy colours and materials work so well in this! I especially like the died paper and how it slowly changes from green to red.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Thank you so much! That was exactly the impression I was trying to give with this book. Compared the the centipede binding, the color changing inner pages was a walk in the park. I was even able to use my classmates leftover paper pulp. Ah the joys of wanting a brownish paper.
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The-Condor Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
wow..
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
:D Thanks!
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teaganwhite Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009  Professional General Artist

so cool -- i love the caterpillar, and the gradation in paper color is really lovely.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009
Thanks! The gradation was fun I just kept adding red paper pulp to my green as I went. I miss bookbinding :( I need to do some more.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
I took book arts with Margot Ecke at the University of Georgia. She is actually the one who photographed this piece, maybe she's friends with your teacher. *shrugs*

Thank you! It was a satisfying book to make.
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Paso Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
...Did Jody Alexander teach that class? I'm in a bookarts class now and she showed us a slide of this piece.

Either way, it's a beautiful piece. I love what you've done with the continuation of the binding, it's very clever.
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sherega Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009   Traditional Artist
Lovely! The whole book looks so creative and simply beautiful. Fantastic.

Did you use it really for anything? (As it is a piece of art already : D )
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009
I have some simpler ones that took a lot less time to make that I wouldn't mind using. If I ever finish all the pages in my old notebook I have been dragging around for years. lol This one is more of a book/sculpture. I am so glad you like it!
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sherega Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
I thought so too. I maybe couldn't use it either though I maybe could a bit curious to see, how it would look like with old sepia photos and postmarks etc. stuff I have collected, would seem on it's pages. n________n"

(My notebooks tend to be like that, too. Some of them just don't get filled even in years.)

But as I said, it already is a magnificent piece of art. I truly love it. <3
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
The real issue is that the paper I used for the cover, a papyrus, ended up being too delicate for any sort of heavy use. If I made a similar piece I could easily make something sturdy enough to start considering internal content. Though that isn't something that shows well in a gallery setting and that is one of the main challenges of book arts. And it is the reason a lot of artists make accordion bindings even though I don't find them as appealing.

I also suck at collecting enough things to make a satisfying read. I pretty much just collect 4 leaf clovers. Which for some reason I am really good at...

I am really glad you like it. It was a really satisfying experience. I actually have some other book arts pieces that I haven't been able to photograph yet.
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sherega Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
Papyrus fits very well because of it's natural appearance but I really do understand that it's pretty fragile material. And accordion bindgins (funny name by the way because I study playing an accordion : D ) can be beautiful but real binginds truly are more fascinating.

Haha! So there exist also persons like you. Be happy. I collect almost everyhitng I find smallest interesting and so I'm having all kinds of stuff from stones to stamps and books. Because books simply are my passion even though they fill my little room. O.O" And since this summer I've collected 4 leaf clovers too. : D I've found them already three for this summer.

Oh. It would be nice to see more. I've enjoyed your gallery this fas and I'm really looking forward to see more. (And as I meantioned, I love books.)
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Well hopefully you will like my future stuff. I still have to photograph some things and I am borrowing the fancy lights to photograph everything properly.

The trick to 4 leaf clovers is to find a good patch. There are happy plants that produce more than average and make sure you aren't looking at the kind that has purple flowers because they don't ever have any.

Thank you for your kind words I will try and post more soon. :D
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sherega Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009   Traditional Artist
n_____n Sounds interesting. I always create a little "studio" of mine from white paper for the objects I want to take a photo. My objects are normally so small by they size that average of one to two sheats of A4 is enough to me. Nice to know that you can have proper lights to take your pictures!


: D I also noticed that only the white ones tend to produce four-leaf clovers. I've now found total five four-leaf ones and as you said, there are plants that do more of them at the same time. I found one plant that has two! It maybe doesn't sound that much but for me it is, because in average summer I've maybe found one four-leaf clover as a total - if one at all. :---D
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
I have found that some patches are better than others. If you find a four leaf clover check that same spot again later. Best of luck!
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AddYpoSa Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
IS wonderfull ... I like iT!! is lovelY.... I want one!! jajaja!!!!! nice JoB.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2009
It took a while to figure out the fancy stitching but once you get the tension right and the stitch pattern it isn't that hard. It just takes a long time. Thank you for the compliment!
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tornprince90 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
This piece is driving me CRAAAAYZAAAYY!!
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Karwei Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2009
Ooh. That is very elegant. It looks like house centipedes are crawling over the book. The colors are lovely, too.
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mouse2cat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009
Thank you! I love how it looks like centipedes so I tried to make the book as earthy as possible. :D
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