Acquisition of a laser cutting and engraving machine that allows us to investigate processes for a better and more innovative use of the handmade binding workshop that we have already acquired.
The acquisition of an old book binding plant of the 19th century, led us to think of the contemporary expression that this decorative art lacks when compared to others.
In Portugal, the lack of follow-up of the binding craftwork on what regards the new technologies and materials brought in by the 20th century, has long contributed to the abandonment of old techniques and knowledge, which are now at risk of disappearing.
We want to develop new ideas and new aesthetics for book binding.
- For this we need to acquire a laser equipment to cut and engrave that will allow us to investigate new processes for a better and more innovative use of the traditional craftwork plant we own.
Characterization of the current craftwork
The project In-Libris Officina already has the necessary machinery for the study, preservation and teaching of traditional binding technologies, and also counts with the participation of artisans who from their professional experience are familiar with the areas of decoration, binding and restoration of old books.
The collection already has more than 600 handtools for engraving, duly organized and representative of different binding periods and designs, numerous typefaces organized in style sheets and composed of complete alphabets of various sizes and fonts, for use by hand in a typeholder or in a blocking press, as well as several decorative wheels and fillets, vignettes and decorative flowerets carved in metal engravings.
This traditional plant is also made up of 19th century original equipment, namely one hand rotary guillotine, one board shear, a magnificent and rare gas gilding press, and various hand tools such as agate burnishers, bone folders, clip-point knives, etc.
It also has a large amount of consumable material, such as fine gold foil, various qualities of hot engraving pigment, cow, sheep and goat skins, a remarkable collection of marbled papers, as well as various products formerly used in the art of binding and which are difficult to obtain in the market nowadays.
The total investment will be approximately 6,000.00 euros because it will be necessary to buy some other complementary equipment to assure full operation of this atelier. We would like to bring to your attention that the total value of this campaign can be exceeded and the extra amount will contribute to a quicker success of the whole project.
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