Black Cat Bindery

Black Cat Bindery
Black Cat Bindery. Traditional Craft Bookbinders

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

 Wooden Boarded Books

Based on a coptic style binding from the 14th Centry, these wooden boarded books incorporate traditional techniques with a modern twist.
We have used a figured ash with a decorative grain for the boards. They have been hand worked, using traditional woodworking skills and lightly polished to produce a decorative and tactile finish.
The pages are made from  quality Strathmore Pastelle Natural which has a light texture.
Great for writing or sketching.
The book spines are covered with quality morocco goatskin leather which can be personalised with gold, silver or blind lettering on request.

We are, at the moment, producing these books in two sizes
 6 x 9" and 5 x 4"portrait and landscape

 Each coptic style book comes in its own velvet pouch. A perfect gift

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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Print Release by Sebastian Edge , North London Darkroom

One year to the day the photographer Sebastian Edge made a number of wet collodion photographs of the band Radiohead, using his own hand built camera equipment.

Sebastian is currently working, three years into a growing body of work with the woods he grew up in, in Kent, England. when the project with the band collided.

This edition of the portrait of Thom, Ed, Colin, Jonny and Phil. Was for the press material for the The King of Limbs album, released February 14th 2011.

The hand printed limited edition of 100 by Sebastian, is being released through the North London Darkroom. where photographers make their own prints, to archival standards.

This print sale will help the North London Darkroom in its future endeavours with photographers to make photographs.!/pages/North-London-Darkroom/223095611052080

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Black Cat Bindery has just finished making the first batch of bespoke portfolios for North London Darkroom designed to hold the large limited edition Radiohead print.

Have a look below at the two vimeos to see the photographs and portfolios in the making

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Portfolio style wedding albums

We are always being asked to develop an album that can hold  a bespoke number of pages so we have come up with our portfolio / pillar binding album.
The pages are made up of individual card sheets with cloth joints so that they are able to flex and bend to help with the opening of the albums. It also means that we are able to build each album with different amounts of pages as require.

As we make to order the albums can be covered in a variety of different finishes. The pictures below are of a Damson Tsarina crush silk album with 20 black pages.
We are also able to emboss names, dates and company logos in gold, silver or blind embossed.

The pages and albums are held together with brass pillar screws which allow you to take pages out or swap them around once the album has been made.

The page size of the above album is 280mm height x 275mm width but other sizes are available.
We recommend using photo mounts
Double sided archival tape or photo spray to attach your photos.

We are also able to make matching storage boxes / drop back boxes for your albums.

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 Ivory Tsarina crush silk and Midnight blue Tsarina crush silk portfolios both with 10 cream leaves

Ivory silk portfolio album open

We are also able to get photo frame mounts to fit over the photos.

midnight blue with blue grey ribbon

                                            Ivory silk with ivory ribbon