Marty has been binding books for nearly two decades and although half a million books have passed through his hands he still treats every one like it’s the most important book on the planet. Here’s his story...
“I got into this business 20 years ago. I married into it. My German father-in-law was a bookbinder for 45 years and he taught me everything I know. I love to bind books because I love making things with my own hands.
I ran my own bindery for ten years and Momento was my client but when they set up their photo book facility in 2008 I came on board to run their state-of-the-art bindery. There's so much that goes into binding a book to get it looking and feeling perfect. You've got to use paper with the correct grain so it bends in the right direction and sits flat, the folds have to be sharp, and everything has to line up seamlessly. I love how the pages are printed on the latest digital printers but we still use old school binding techniques to put them together. Most of my team have been working with me for eight years now and I just hope that people realise that it’s humans who make their books, not machines, and we genuinely care. If I’m not happy with a book there’s no way it’s going out the door.” Before I started binding photo books most of my work was thesis binding, and while we always produced beautiful work, Momento ramped up the quality even more. We use the best board, linens and leathers from Europe, and every single book is stitched not just glued. Some customers want embossing on the cover, and getting a clean crisp impression is an art in itself. Each different material needs different heat, time and pressure applied to get it looking just right. Start making your own photo book at momento.co.nz/marty
Marty lines up the book boards to apply the cover
Embossing back cover
Grand landscape book with Lay-flat Lustre pages