I have been abit rubbish last week with blogging! So I’ll blog about my trip to Spinks and Thackery now. A few weeks ago I decided I was going to have my book rebound at spinks, I ‘d heard loads of god reviews about it, the only downside for me was it was in Leeds and I live in Chesterfield. However it was definitely worth the trip, I spoke to the gentleman that worked there and he advised me that the current bind I have was not that bad at all. He also said it was basically to the standard it would be if there were to take it apart and re-bound it. I took some time to decide what to do, should I take his advice or listen to what others had said about the blurb bind.
After awhile of debating..
I decided to take his advice, he was an expert in bookbinding so I listened to him. I left my book to have the text on the cover added on. I went for gold text embedded on my grey cover.
I am really happy with how the text turned out, and I have saved so much money not getting the whole thing rebound. I am happy I can now bin the awful sleeve that the book ordinally came in from blurb.
Overall I am happy with how my book had turned out, It is such a weight off my mind now and I can focus on my exhibition plans! Thanks to spinks and Thackery for the advice.
After a lovely relaxing break in Wales, I got back today to find that my book had been delivered! It came a little ealier than expected so another plus.
I have made a hugely annoying error on same of the full bleed pages!! Stupidly there is an annoyinng white edge down the side of the portrait full bleeds. Such an easy thing to avoid so I am extra angry at myself!
Anyway I have now amended the book and reordered.
You live and you learn!
As I am now coming close to ordering my book, I thought it was important to test the paper options available before ordering. As I have decided to order from blurb and get it re-bound by Spink and Thackray I ordered my samples from blurb as I have been told by many people that there printing is very high standard.
I have had a good look through the sample pack that gives a good range of samples for all different types of projects. Obviously not all samples suit my book for example the magazine and black and white samples so I put those to one side straight away. I wanted something a little thicker for my book, I’m not keen on a book that is too thin so would like to avoid this where possible.
My two favourite paper types where the ProLine Uncoated and the premium matte paper both at 148 GSM. The papers are both different from one another, the Matte having a slight shine and the Proline having none at all. The pro line felt more card like, Although they are the same GSM they Proline felt thicker, almost textured. The Matte had a create tonal range and the colours and contrast were really good. However the colour of the Proline is an eggshell, which I prefer to the pure white of the matte, making the images more natural looking.
I think that out of the two I prefer the Proline Uncoated, the only thing worrying me is because the paper is uncoated it may make it more likely to tear.
Last night I went for a visit to Chan and Alans, id rang them previously and discussed the possibility of looking into some images Alan used to take when he was more into photography. I thought some of the images Alan had taken would work well with my edit. After a cuppa and a natter, we set in search for the images, Alan had a full trunk full of slides. Now, I am a massive novice when it comes to this kind of stuff, I have only ever had experience with digital photography and had never had a situation where I have needed to know about this sort of stuff.
We spent a good few hours rooting through the trunk and found lots of images from various rally car events that alan was into at that time, some family snaps, holidays photos and also some odd ones of organs. Although these images were before he met Chan, I loved looking through them, as it showed a specific time in Alans live, which was very similar to what it is now, exploring shows, travelling, spending time with family. I am keen to explore the slides further, however, there are SO many to go through (around 1,700!). Alan suggested he edit them down as it was a job he has been meaning to do for awhile. So I went away with a few I’d found interesting and have left him to it. If the slides do end up working well with my project I have had several thoughts of things I could do with them possibly in my exhibition. Maybe have them on a projector next to my images, or make a light box where the audience can interact with them.
I have been playing around for a few weeks now with an edit for my Final Major Project, Chan and Alan. Making an edit of work is always the part I find most challenging, even more so this time round as this is the longest time I’ve ever spent on one single project so have a large collection of possible images.
As I have managed to get my edit down to around 40 images, I have decided it may be helpful to begin putting them in a sequence to try and help me eliminate any that may or may not be working but also bring any back in that I feel it needs.
I have decided to use lightroom over in design for a change as lightroom has been recommended as the easier programme for creating a book so I thought I’d give it a whirl.