Successfully funded by a recent Kickstarter campaign, The Bookmaker's Studio is a photographic project by Jake Green exploring the working spaces and celebrating some of the best established and emerging children’s illustrators working today. #PrintedByPark
Printing of the Bookmaker’s Studio gives further details.
The wealth of creative talent contributing to the publishing of The Bookmaker’s Studio was overwhelming. The finished product had to reflect the level of effort and contribute to the exclusivity of the limited editions.
Jake had a clear idea and a detailed outline of what was required, prior to approaching Park. The pictures had all been taken, the text written, and all the layouts designed. We were brought in to provide quality printing, advise on and test finishing techniques, supply dummies for different weights of material, and produce an Indigo book proof so photographs could be taken, to help with the crowd funding.
The artists not only gave Jake an insight into their world, but also original artworks, doodles and drawings, which needed to be crafted into the covers of some of the limited edition copies.
The ‘no-fail’ deadline culminated in an official launch exhibition at The House of Illustration in Kings Cross.
Image and 200# plate profiles, specially developed for the uncoated paper, were applied, special hard drying inks for uncoated materials were used, and the job printed to ISO 12647-2 (2013) colour standards.
Proofs were supplied as hi-res Epsons on uncoated paper, and Indigo book proofs to help the crowd funding process. Park accurately matched the signed-off proofs on press and Jake was able to pass the first section, leaving the rest to us.
We suggested and tested several binding techniques, made up dummies for various weights of materials, and tested each of the binding techniques. 3 hole sewing was chosen for its exclusivity, adding to the value of the limited editions.
We took Jake to meet the binders so we could all understand the process. The artwork covers were each one-of-a-kind and the limited edition run did not allow for any mistakes.
In total 350 limited editions were printed. All covers were either letterpress printed or de-bossed, some had hand-creased dust jackets stitched on, and others had unique, original artworks hand-folded and crafted into covers, all with no casualties and ready for the preview exhibition.
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“In the process of shooting, designing and printing The Bookmaker's Studio exhibition and book Andy and Jenny at Park have been a beacon of light in amidst the numerous production deadlines. The quality of their print work and their appreciation of small run bespoke production is unmatched. Of course we tested the water with other leading printers, but in the end no one even came close. .”
Jake Green, Photography, The Bookmaker's Studio