Both CGB Volume I (Second Edition) and the new, overstuffed Volume II are on the presses in Tennessee this week!
Why Tennessee, you ask?
I don’t send books out of the country to print and bind them more cheaply; the rest of the industry does, though. Almost every book I see now is printed in China, where corners can be cut on everything from worker’s wages and benefits to the environmental impact of the presses and factories. I don’t want to be part of that cycle, because it’s unsustainable. So, my only choice, if I want runs of real books from a real press, made in my home country, is to act as publisher as well as writer and art director, and hire my own press and bindery.
That’s also the only way I can spiral-bind, as our publishers generally won’t do it – they think (possibly correctly) that a spiral bind devalues an art book. Spirals actually cost as much as a professionally done hardbacked bind, which seems odd, doesn’t it? I lobbied hard for my Interweave books to be spiraled, but it was a no-go. And so they are less useful, I think, easy to read, but less easy to work from.
Anyway. We are on the press! In Tennessee! Our first bound samples should arrive in two weeks, finished books in three or four. Shipping will be in the third week of September, from Tucson.
Here are two of the new spreads slipped into Volume I, in place of the “Coming In Volume II” pages. They show work done during the creation of Volume II, but done from patterns or ideas published in Volume I.
The original Helix pattern (Helixed things are above) was contributed by Christina Vandervlist, and the magnificent Power Puff structure (below), was contributed by Jean Power Beadwork.
Slipping these into the Second Edition of Volume I seemed a nice way to feature new Volume I work, and also to keep the work with the original patterns and designers. The pages will be included in not only the digital two-volume set, but also the Volume I eBook, which is free to people who purchased Volume I. The eBook file (PDF version) will be updated on the site on Monday, August 25, to include the new pages- 12 pages were changed/rearranged at the back of the book.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD THE ORIGINAL COPY OF VOLUME I IN PDF FORM, PLEASE DO IT BEFORE AUGUST 24. The password is the same as it was when the book was issued. (Hint: starts with “b”)