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Colin Urbina

Colin Urbina
Boston, Massachusetts

Colin Urbina started studying bookbinding in 2002 at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where he majored in Book Arts. After obtaining a MLIS from Simmons College in Boston, MA, he attended the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School. Since graduating in 2011, he has operated a shared space for bookbinders in the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston.


Colin Urbina

Rockwell Kent, Voyaging Southwards from the Strait of Magellan, 1924

Kent's account of refitting a boat and the difficult journey he has at the southern tip of South America is beautifully illustrated in his trademark style. The design is meant to evoke both the rigging on a sailboat and the heading lines on older navigational charts. The golden ratio and the book's structure are used to generate the geometry. The leather onlays and grain manipulation are patterned after the changing colors of the ocean, and the wood inlays are teak, a wood used in shipbuilding for millennia.
Goatskin, blind tooling marbled endpapers, hand sewn silk headbands, various color onlays, teak inlay, grain manipulation.
7.5 x 10.5 x 1 inches; 19 x 26.5 x 3 centimeters. Created 2014.