Marta Vertechi

Bookbinding

I made my very first book in 2011 during a workshop when I was studying in Rome. I have studied and worked in different fields and life took me first to Barcelona and then to Berlin where I am now based. Bookbinding was something I did in my free time now and then. One day, the decision to devote myself full time to it lead me to Leksand. What I like about bookbinding is that not only do you take care of books repairing them, giving them a new binding or maybe protection with a box but also you can be creative exploring new structures. Some of my favorite bindings are the ones with very little or no use of adhesives because they are soft and light and don’t cause any harm to the book. How much can you do with only paper and thread!

Bilingual flag book

Year of production: 2022

Technique: flag book

Materials: Paste paper, transparent paper, boards,
glue, doublesided tape

The flag book is a structure created by
Hedi Kyle. Its pages face both towards the
left and the right. This peculiarity made me
think that it could display text written in both
directions. I printed on the pages a children
tale written both in German and Arabic. If
you open the book with the spine on the
left, you can read the tale in German, if you
open it with the spine on the right, you can
read the tale in Arabic. If standing open,
both tales are displayed.

Orange & Lemon

Year of production: 2022

Technique: Long stitch and link stitch

Materials: Paper, orange and lemon peel, linen thread, glue.

The theme of the week was food and it was
clear to me I wanted to use some food as a
material, but what could be soft enough to
be shaped but also preserved without molding or rotting and have a structural function on the book? Orange and lemon peels
came to my mind. They are food (you can
make candied orange or lemon peels and
even cover them with chocolate!) and once
dried they will preserve perfectly and be
strong. In these two books the orange and
lemon peel serve as spine reinforcement.

Autumn

Year of production: 2022

Technique: Case binding.

Materials: Paper, boards, book cloth, dried bellflowers, inky caps ink, linen thread, adhesives.

In September I picked some bellflowers
and let them dry in the press, without a plan
what to do with them. One day, my classmate Frida introduced me to inky caps, a
kind of mushrooms that spill ink. We dyed
paper together and once again I didn’t
have a plan what to do with the dyed paper.
Then, suddenly, I had a plan! The result
is this notebook. Its colors and elements
remind me of autumn. I like to think that the
white brushstrokes are telling us that the
first snow is coming soon.

Snow White and the (flying) seven dwarfs

Year of production: 2022

Technique: Rubow binding.

Materials: Paper, boards, paste paper, leather, linen thread, adhesives.

This binding is a variation of the Rubow binding with leather reinforcement along both
head, tail and front edges. The covering
paper is a handmade paste paper. I had to
print the title in two rounds because some
types were missing: the first round for “Snow
White and the seven” and the second round
for “dwarfs”. This all ended up in a slanted
title where the dwarfs seem to fly away and
the white color is spreading around, but this
gives this tiny book its own character. What
is perfection anyway?!

Pippi’s time travel

Year of production: 2022

Technique: 18th century full leather binding

Materials: Paper, boards, leather, linen thread, adhesives.

What if Astrid Lindgren had lived in
the 18th century and had written ”Pippi
Långstrump” back then? The book might
have looked like this. The leather was dyed
with red ink and decorated with hand gold
tooling and a mixture of iron and potash.