Pretty Perfect Binding by Hand
Pretty Perfect Binding by Hand
As a delusional overachiever, I originally promised Joyce Jodie Kim an edition of 110 hardcover volumes of Caterpillar Portraits. I am still grateful for how understanding she was in the face of reality: hardcover books are a lot of work, a lot of materials, and mostly, way too time consuming for large editions and a solo producer. Soft-cover to the rescue! I knew that nice soft-cover books existed, because I owned a few, but nowhere could I find a lesson for how to construct an aesthetically-pleasing, reasonably durable, soft cover book. Print-format book binding instruction manuals (the most relevant presentation for the material) omitted softcover entirely in favour of too many chapters on frankly gaudy leather finishing techniques. Online, I found youtube videos by non-artisans of how to bind your xerox-printed textbooks and save a buck. Yikes. From my peers I saw some lovely compromises, including hard and softcover coptic binding with an uncovered spine. Unfortunately, I was being a stickler for that “book title - author” info combo to be visible from the outside of a bookshelf, and so I needed something new.
I’m a little apprehensive that this information is totally redundant, (how else could this be accomplished?) but one-point-five-years-ago-Brianna probably would have appreciated the tips, so here you go
Nerd Time with Brianna Part 1 - Linocut Printmaking
National Poetry Month by Natalie Lythe
Th Heretic's Guide to Homecoming Book Reviews
Bealart Visiting Artist Talk
Brianna and Natalie, co-founders of Penrose Press were invited back to the high school where they met, a wonderful hub of creative learning and opportunity in London Ontario: H.B. Beal Secondary School. Below are the essentials from our presentation, conveniently collected for the students to reference, and to satisfy the curiosity of everyone else.
Natalie: We’re going to tell you about our education, our dreams and the micro-publishing house that we started together a year ago.
6 ways to immerse yourself in reading
6 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Reading
You know when you see a million dollar budget blockbuster movie and the production value makes it so that you forget that your life exists for an hour and a half? I’m here to tell you that most of my reading experiences are like that but better, and yours can be too.
The 5 Most Loved Books on My Shelf
Every avid reader has books on their shelf that are worn beyond belief, cracked spines and dog-eared pages, tear stained or coffee stained - the books that feel like your favourite blanket, like a cup of tea in your parent’s living room on a rainy day. From the first sentence, these books are a deep breath of fresh air, no matter how many times you read them.
Work/Life Balance for Side Hustling Creative Frelancers
by Brianna Tosswill
I definitely meant to write about the launch in January, or possibly about this stellar book I just read, but this has been the overwhelming theme in my life lately. Let’s start with some transparency. Penrose Press lives in facebook chat and google hangouts. Our projects are produced in living rooms and shared studio spaces on weekends and evenings. Our budgets are carefully calculated constructions of employee discounts, cost comparisons, and the generosity of people in our lives who believe in us and have connections here and there. And it’s working. Slowly but surely we gain traction and build our network of talented humans deserving of your attention.
Micropublishing Blog by Brianna and Natalie of Penrose Press