We’re delighted to invite you to the official unveiling of a short film.
Back in January, which feels a world away now, I was lucky to spend a week with a film-maker, capturing a sense of my work as an artist, teacher and traveller.
I wanted to share my joy of bookbinding and the myriad possibilities of interpreting your surroundings within the pages of your own handmade book – whether these places are close to your heart or alive in your imagination.
Sarah Mason hails from Hebden Bridge – we have mutual connections with the many creative people there – and has developed a particularly thoughtful style. Her belief that ‘every life is a wonder to watch,’ combined with a careful, considered eye, translates into film gold.
Sarah’s approach perfectly complements the tone of my book Bound, which glows with Susan Bell’s atmospheric images. I knew that working together would be a truly collaborative experience that could produce something special.
In order to reflect the contrasts between urban and island life (I live in Edinburgh and on the Isle of Iona) the shoot took place in my city studio and on the East Lothian coast.
We were extraordinarily lucky with the weather.
Working with Sarah Mason Photography and Films is a total delight. She is engaged, generous, intuitive, patient and focused. Recommended for all your moving-image needs, but her online mentoring sessions are an especially valuable resource now.
It was a busy few days, as we also shot a series of how-to films in response to the most frequently asked questions about bookbinding techniques. The first of these, explaining grain direction, is now available on The Travelling Bookbinder’s YouTube channel. You can subscribe to this for notifications of each new film as they are published over the coming weeks.
Check out Susan Bell Photography’s book work.
Enjoy the film, and please do tell us what you think of it!