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Redesigning (and remembering) a classic

Categories: Learning things, Nice stuff, Our work

Ah, the 12 Days of Christmas – a well-worn seasonal classic and no mistake. But can you ever remember how many lords there were a-leaping? Or maids a-milking? Or, for that matter, drummers drumming?

We always struggled … until now.

To welcome in the festive season, we've designed a handy visual reminder to help you recall how many of what or whom were given by 'my true love'. (And it really was a generous if unusual array of gifts, all told.)

Want to view/download a pdf of the whole 12 days design? No problem; here you go: http://scr.bi/12-days-of-christmas

Use it as a crib sheet when singing the song! Be amused by the funny little illustrations! Groan and *eye roll* at the naff wordplay!

Whatever you do; we hope you have a warm and wonderful festive season.

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Stocking-filler for festive fact fans: The 12 Days of Christmas – also known as Christmastide – starts on 25th December and ends on 5th January; the evening of which is known as Twelfth Night. True.

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A bit of a bind

Categories: Extra-curricular, Learning things, Useful/interesting

 

I love handmade design stuff (and dreadful puns). You may know this from some of my previous posts.

In my pursuit of a balance between computery and non-computery creations, last weekend I booked (ha!) myself onto a 2-day beginner's bookbinding course run by Simon Goode, over at Birmingham Printmakers in Digbeth.

I'm not going to drone on about it in detail but suffice to say it was great fun and means I'm now able to make good use of the various odds and ends of paper I've collected over the years but not known what to do with, yet been loath to throw away.

With my bookbinding tools and newly acquired knowledge of pamphlet stitching, case binding and Japanese stab binding, come Sunday afternoon I left the Printmakers with a huge sense of achievement … and six (six!) handmade books. Not bad.

I recorded the most complex and time-consuming binding technique we learnt, case binding, in a little photostory:

As you can see, case binding's quite a convoluted process but the end result is well worth the toil and vague "Will it work?!" trauma. It's a proper hardback book!

So, I'd heartily recommend a bit of bookbinding – it's definitely good for the soul.

Oh, and for future reference I am now the go-to person if your pub quiz ever has a bookbinding round. (Codex, foredge and bone folder; I'm totally down with all the bookbinding lingo.)

Simon's running another bookbinding workshop – No Glue Needed – in December. There're details on his website, incase you're interested.