Cris Clair Takacs

Chardon, Ohio 
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Cris Clair Takacs attended art classes and received her B.A. in English from Ohio University. She later attended the Sobota School of Bookbinding and Restoration in Geneva, Ohio. In 1980 she began her own business, Books Bound & Repaired, in Chardon, Ohio. She has been president of the Midwest Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers since 1991.

Example Binding: 
Edgar Allan Poe. 
The Pit and the Pendulum
[N.p.]: Pixie Press, 1993.

Miniature binding in sculptural stand. Full leather binding with brass clasp covered in black reverse pigskin. Decorated top and bottom edges. Gold-stamped label on spine. The structural stand, also in reverse pigskin, contains a recessed platform holding the miniature. Movement of the steel pendulum attached to the canopy allows the platform to raise, bringing the book into view. 

Design Description: 
Full leather binding of alum-rawed goatskin with blue goatskin inlay and white and red onlays. Core of plywood between boards holds brass bosses and clasps. Title, printer, and date gold-tooled on spine.


Cris Clair Takacs example binding


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Cris Clair Takacs