Japanese Book Binding – Techniques/Experimentation
After researching other methods of binding the menus I found that it would be easier for the restaurant in a real world situation to have them Japanese bound because it can be easily removed and extra pages can be added if the menus ever expanded, which would mean that all that would have to be done is re-threading. Standard four point Japanese slab binding is the most simple of the binding techniques that I found, however it also doesn’t look very aesthetically pleasing and so I wanted to look at other Japanese binding techniques that could link more to the aesthetics of the brand be that through the colouring of the thread, finding an intricate pattern that matches the logo or creating a pattern that could be used throughout the brand. After finding a website that had tutorials that explained all the threading sequences and the basics of binding; I began researching the different types of decorative binding that I could use to hold the menus together. The first one that I found was called ‘Falling Snowflakes’, which links I think the audience will link to the geometric shape of the logo and other imagery inside the menus and throughout the brand. I like the shapes that are created because they link to the brand, however this pattern is very complex with 83 holes which wont fit in the area that I have left for the binding and also because of the amount of holes that there are and the complexity of the binding it would be difficult for the restaurant to expand the menu and bind all the menus back together.
This pattern is made up of 37 holes and creates the most unique pattern that was available which is very interesting, however the spacing that I have left wont be enough because the holes would be so close together because of the small space, the diameter of the holes that I will have to make for the thread will have to be taken into account when working out the pattern that can be used spread along the spinal area. Again the complexity of the stitching would be difficult for the restaurant to rethread when expanding the menu could be problematic.
Marionette is the next binding technique that consisted of 16 holes in a line, which would fit into the area that I have left for the bindings. This binding is closer to the bards logo with the interlacing pieces of thread and repeating pattern; the pattern can be quite difficult to create because of the fact that I would have to hold the diagonal pieces in place until I get to the next set of holes and then interlace them creating the pattern. This pattern fairly simple to replicate and with the instructions provided.
This ‘Snake eye’ pattern has been created using 12 holes and hold the book together through the use of vertical threads that bind the book together, with some thread around the spine. As a result of there being such a small amount of holes this binding can be quite easy, however is the thread isn’t pulled tight enough the binding will be loose which will make the pages loose which could result in the binding failing altogether and the lack of horizontal threads means that the binding may suffer. Aesthetically it can be linked to the pattern logo, however the strength of the binding means that I will not be using it.
The final pattern that I experimented with was the ‘Sushi Roll’, which I considered because of the geometric shape and patterns that it created. Consisting of 58 holes that are quite close together meant that it may struggle to fit into the area provided. Aesthetically it has a repeating pattern that can be expanded down the spine, however after asking for some feedback about all the binding techniques it was clear that this was the least popular because it reminded the participants of the Greek borders and so this pattern was left out, however could possibly be used on a greek restaurants menu instead.
After experimenting with all of these binding patterns i have decided to use the marionette pattern because of the lower hole count and the interlacing pattern. The lower hole count means that the binding will easily fit into the area that I created and should bind that menus well; aesthetically the interlacing pattern will link to the brand and will be a unique experience for the customer because there aren’t many restaurants that use bound menus.