A Book Maker speaks
Aditi Babel is a bookmaker. She loves hand-crafting books. Her design Studio is located in the Mewar region of Rajasthan in the city of lakes, Udaipur. Thinkling spoke to her about her unique work
T. How did you become a bookmaker?
AB. It was during my post graduation at IIT Bombay that I started practicing this craft. After a year living and breathing book making, I wanted to learn it formally. I was just driven by my passion for the craft.
T. Did you study book making? And where?
AB. I did. I researched for almost a year about the different courses available around the world on Book Making. I finalised on a beautiful print making school in Florence, Italy. At SRISA (Santa Reperata International School of Art) I not only studied book making but also practiced traditional print making techniques like letterpress printing, screen printing, linoleum cut, mono printing, image transfer, traditional photography processes like Vandyke brown, Cyanotype, printing on wood, silk and creating my own pin hole cameras. All these helped me enhance my book craft.
T. What is the most fun book you have ever made?
AB. The most fun book I have made till now is an animal book for children. It was completely handcrafted.The idea came to me during a workshop I was taking for children. Their choice of colors and forms inspired me to create my first and most favourite children’s artist book.
T. What are the different materials you use?
AB. I love working with paper but I have experimented with fabrics like cotton and silk, wood and now working with acrylic. As far as the tools go one needs very basic tools like scale, cutter, scissors, thread and needle, a creaser and an awl (tool that helps to create a punch in the paper)
You can see lots of interesting books made by Aditi at www.aditibabel.co
Here’s what she made for us! To learn how to make it please check our Thinkling Autumn Issue – Light, October to December 2014