Karen Hanmer

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Title: Fish Parchment Bindings

Fish Parchment Bindings

Fish Parchment Bindings

I channeled much of my COVID restlessness into fish shopping; processing fish parchment; searching for small, fish-themed antiquarian books; and exploring modest, conservation-friendly structures to wed these activities. Fish skins are very small compared to the goatskins binders typically work with. They must be pieced together to craft a full binding on even a very small book.

Find more photos and full descriptions of each of these bindings by clicking on the “next” arrow at upper right. More will be added this summer.