Hello and welcome to my new website. Well, the website isn’t new, obviously. But I reworked the whole look, and I hope you like it. If you read this through a feed reader, I would be grateful if you could take a look here: kurzke.co.uk, and let me know what you think. Especially, please let me know if anything doesn’t work well for you!

I have been working on it for long enough to be really bored by it by now, but I am still working on some details. But I hope these are all minor. One common problem is that if I don’t specify a header for a page, then it uses a random image it used somewhere else, and they often do not fit in size. – So if you spot one of those, it is an easy fix, and I’ll be very thankful for being told where I missed one.

Well, and now that this is mostly done, I should be able to post something more interesting in the next days 🙂 As you might know, I finished the very first copy of 346 already mid June, and since then I have been busy making the 8 scrolls for the rest of the edition (next is making scroll number 2). Edition numbers 1 and 2 not only come with a model of the room, they are also made with handmade Dosabiki Masa Shi, while the rest of the edition is made on simpler Masa paper. Well, I’ll tell you all about this in my next post.

Oh, yeah, and I also printed a bit. – I now need to add a featured image to the post for it to work, so I added a photo of me making a mono-screen print.

For now I just wanted to say: Phew, webside overhauled, please let me know what you think!

6 replies on “New Website”

  1. Hello, sorry my english is not very good. I’m french, like you working with books. I saw your work and photos on Pinterest website. I’d like to speak with you about the headband you made. Indeed, I’ve the french version of the Greenfield book about the headband. But i want to learn more on headband, by speaking with others professionals. Specially, i’d like advices about german braided headband. I’m looking for tutorial, books, pdf, all documents and advices who could help me to learn more about headband bookbinding.
    Sincerly thanks, hope speak with you soon.

    1. Salut Vincent,
      thanks for stopping by! Indeed I wrote this book “Six Ways To Make Coptic Headbands” which is currently available as an ebook (click to see on Etsy). It contains the usual Coptic Headbands as described in Greenfield + Hille, plus six variants that I came up myself that allow for multi-coloured endbands.
      Aside Greenfield + Hille which is really the most important book on endbands, I only know “Les Tranchefilles BrodĂ©es. Etude historique et technique”. It is a book which shows photos and brief systematic sketches of the endbands found at the BibliothĂ©que National and require a bit more work than the Greenfield/Hille book to rework, but I managed to lear Greek endbands from there. They do not cover German braided leather endbands, though.

      You can find description of various endbands everywhere where you find description of bindings. For example a description of a (two, actually) German braided endband can be found in J. A. Szirmai, “Archaeology of Medieval Bindings”. It is not really a tutorial, though. You’ll have to work a little to get it done properly. This kind of decoration is used frequently by leather workers for edging leather works. I also found a description in “Leatherwork. A Manual of Techniques” by Geoffrey West. The technique (of sewing with a strip of leather) is called thonging and you probably want to look at single, double and tripple loop thonging. There you’ll find a detailed description, but of course with a slightly different application. Putting both together, a sparse description of the endband with the more detailed thonging tutorial should work.

      Hope that helps! And I hope you’ll come visit again some time!

  2. Liebe Hilke, ich habe mich gefreut, von dir zu hören und habe gleich deine neue Webseite entdeckt. Sie ist so schön klar und ĂĽbersichtlich – gefällt mir sehr!
    Ich hoffe, dass es dir und deiner Familie gut geht (Stichwort brexit) und ihr eure Pläne verwirklichen könnt.
    Liebe GrĂĽĂźe

    1. Hallo Christine,
      ja, uns geht’s gut. Aber Brexit macht schon auf so mancher Ebene Sorgen. – Freut mich zu hören, dass die dir Webseite gefällt!

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