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Florian Ropers©Theresa Wedemeyer
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Florian Ropers©Theresa Wedemeyer

Theresa Wedemeyer

Theresa Wedemeyer Bookbinder
Contact
German, English, French
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+49 (0)1747208347
Florian Ropers©Theresa Wedemeyer

The book master

  • • Theresa uses traditional book binding techniques
  • • She creates books, graphics and restores historical books
  • • She spent three years travelling to discover new perspectives on her craft

Initially an apprenticeship in the craft of bookbinding was just intended to be a preliminary step towards restoration studies. That however quickly changed during the course of the apprenticeship as Theresa Wedemeyer began to dive deep into the diverse techniques and centuries-old traditions of her craft: “I realised how versatile this profession is and how satisfying it is to see the result at the end of the day." Following a visit to Luxembourg, Theresa Wedemeyer decided to take to the road after finishing her apprenticeship in order to enrich her skills. After over three years as a journeyman, she set up her own workshop in the little village of Emstek in the north of Germany and completed a course at the Akademie für Gestaltung in Münster. Today, she is known for her unique book designs that are executed with remarkable skill and she teaches at her Alma Mater.

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Works

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I BM G III

This book project is printed from traditional hand set lead types and printed on a corex press. The edition, featuring a flexible Coptic binding, is a limited edition of 40 pieces. A round punch in the middle of the red paper cover reveals the gold embossed title.

Height 22 cm
Width 15 cm

Photo: ©Theresa Wedemeyer
I BM G III

This is the collector's edition of I BM G III. The unique piece is made with French binding with an open joint. The cover, knurled with red goatskin, is covered with a delicate monotype in red, which reveals a lattice structure. The spine of the book is also made of red goatskin with the gold embossed title.

Height 22 cm
Width 13 cm

Photo: ©Theresa Wedemeyer
Der Leuchtturmwärter

The lighthouse keeper is based on the stories Theresa Wedemeyer’s father told her as a child before sleeping. The graphics of the book are reduced and similar elements appear again and again. Printed using the risograph technique, the colour fan consists of only four colours: blue, red, black and yellow. Bound by hand as a half-fabric-binding with an embossed back, it was published as an edition of 25.

Height 19.5 cm
Width 14.8 cm

Photo: ©Theresa Wedemeyer
Die Nibelungen

This flexible parchment binding is made of sewn brass elements. The punched letters of the title can be found on these elements. A blue thread connects the letters with each other. A blue box gives the book a case.

Height 15 cm
Width 14 cm

Photo: ©Theresa Wedemeyer
Der Panther – Im Jardin des Plantes, Paris

There are 11 copies as a collector's edition and two special editions of this poem written by Rilke. Each of the three verses has its own graphic. These etchings, which consist of thickening black engravings, are printed on Hahnemühle laid paper. The layout leaves plenty of space for the text, printed from a photopolymer cliché. Traditional paste paper and monotypes in black and grey form the cover.

Height 24 cm
Width 18 cm

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