Leather, thread and dye: cars or books?

Leather, thread and dye: cars or books?

22.04.2019: • Bookbinding and car design, two creative processes united by attention to detail

•    Bookbinding and car design, two creative processes united by attention to detail


•    Craftspeople of both disciplines shape the same materials by hand


•    One kilometre of thread for a car, one metre for a novel


                  


At first glance, binding a book and designing a car have little in common. But when creating a car there are times when state of the art technology gives way to handiwork, scissors and sewing machines. And this is where the two processes overlap. Patience and the constant search for piecemeal perfection are the secrets shared by the artisan professions, even though the end result of one weighs over a tonne and the other just half a kilo. This is how these two apparently different skills resemble each other.
 



It all starts with a piece of paper:  This is used to jot down ideas in the form of pictures or words. The design of a car arises from dozens of hand drawn sketches that feature natural volumes and even depict movement. Paper is also the starting point for bookbinder Geòrgia Olivé, from the Relligats Olivé artisan workshop. In her words, what she does “is something magical; it's breathing life into a book”. The first thing she does is make a series of sections with the help of a folding machine. When ready she leaves them sit under a weight for several hours.
 



Cowhide: Good quality leather is one of the most precious materials for upholstery. “I prefer it because it's natural”, says SEAT tailor Nick Allen. “I only have to feel each piece to gauge its quality and know how it's going to behave under the needle of the sewing machine” he adds. Geòrgia Olivé has 80 different bolts of fabric in her workshop to create book covers. She also agrees that leather is the best choice for making a quality product due to its smell, feel and embossing possibilities.
 



A stitch in time: The sheets that are folded into sections are sewn together by machine, but bookbinders also restore centuries-old volumes that are so delicate they can only be hand sewn. “You have to be extra careful with these items so the paper does not tear” explains Geòrgia. One metre of thread is needed for a book, while a car requires one kilometre. There are 100 different colours of thread on 250 spools in the SEAT workshop. Steering wheels require a curved needle and the seam features highly visible accent stitching.
 



A splash of colour: It is not easy to come up with the exact shade that defines the personality of a creation. It takes more than 1,000 litres of paint to reach the desired shade of a new car. “100 variations of a single colour are made by mixing 50 different pigments and metallic particles to see which hue looks the best”, explains Carol Gómez from SEAT's Color&Trim department.



In order to get the right colour for a book cover you have to know what it is about. Maroon and gold embossed lettering is a safe bet for a work of classical literature, while bright colours are best suited to light reading. A palette of blues is ideal for marine-themed narratives, and greens go well for any text on nature.
 


Paint, glue and no stray particles: Dust is the common enemy of both crafts; tiny specks can ruin the entire creative process. Cars are painted at a temperature between 21 and 25 degrees. The spray booths are equipped with a ventilation system similar to the ones in an operating room to prevent dust from settling on the seven coats that are applied.




To restore a book, Geòrgia first spends several hours dusting it off with a brush with slow, gentle strokes on each page. Ventilation and drying are also key factors, especially after applying glue to the first and last blank pages and the muslin fabric that joins the pages to the covers. “Humidity could affect the paper or damage the cardboard of the book covers, and there's no turning back” says Geòrgia. The drying process can take up to 24 hours for each step, which is nothing when it comes to rescuing a book from oblivion.
 




Two disciplines, three common values
 



Patience:
The different thickness, age or type of paper or fabric needs their own dedication time. “You can't rush a book” says Geòrgia. SEAT tailor Nick Allen's motto is “take your time”. It does not matter how long it takes to bind a book or design car upholstery; what is important is that the outcome is flawless.
 



Experience
: Geòrgia Olivé grew up in her father's bookbinding workshop. She used to play among his tools and stacks of paper and fabrics, and her childhood entertainment turned into her profession. Nick Allen has 35 years' experience in the sector. “I've been handcrafting car interiors since I was 16”. And the experience they both have tells Geòrgia the exact temperature of the composing stick, the tool used to emboss the title, without a thermometer; or how fast Allen should operate his sewing machine depending on the upholstery he is working with.
 


Sensitivity:
Running a finger over each stitch to check that the seam is perfect on a steering wheel or holding the pages of a book together. Smelling the leather or lignin, the characteristic smell of old books… That is how great craftspeople stand out from the rest. “Have you ever fallen in love with a book?” asks Geòrgia. She often does as she creates or repairs one, to the point that “when I finish one and it leaves the workroom, I miss it because in the time we spent together we had established a special bond”, she admits.
 




 SEAT- also photos

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/leather-thread-cars-or-books---189366.html

22.04.2019 / MaP

More News

Volkswagen Group Joins Responsible Sourcing Network
20.04.2019
Application of Blockchain Technology to Trace Minerals    Network Covers Whole Supply Chain    Focus on Responsible Sourcing of Cobalt Today Volkswagen joined an open industry collaboration for the responsible sourcing of strategic minerals that will use blockchain technology to increase effic more >>
Carfreitag ja, illegale Autorennen nein
18.04.2019
Zum Beginn des Osterwochenendes treffen sich am Freitag wieder tausende Auto- und Tuning-Fans zum so genannten Carfreitag. Die deutschlandweiten Treffen der Freunde von getunten Fahrzeugen haben in den letzten Jahren immer mehr Anhänger gewonnen. Dabei geht es der Tuning-Gemeinde vor allem um eins: Das mit Liebe zum Detail und in unzähligen Arbeitsstunden veredelte Fahrzeug der begeis more >>
The Audi S5 models now with a TDI engine
18.04.2019
Powerful 3.0 TDI engine with 255 kW (347 hp and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft)        48-volt mild hybrid technology and electric powered compressor        Ideal combination of efficiency and sportiness more >>
BMW Group to recognise a provision with respect to EU antitrust proceedings
05.04.2019
In connection with the ongoing antitrust proceedings, the European Commission today informed the BMW Group about a “Statement of Objections”. -  The Statement of Objections leads the BMW Group to believe that it is probable (“more likely than not”) that the EU Commission will issue a significant fine. -  According to the In more >>
BMW Group - Statement on European Commission’s ongoing antitrust proceedings
05.04.2019
    BMW Group to examine Commission’s statement of objections in depth    Talks in working groups aimed at technological freedom of choice and the practicability of legally required reduction of exhaust gas emissions    Lawful coordination of industry positions on regulatory framework should not be eq more >>
Volkswagen Group secures lithium supplies
05.04.2019
Volkswagen focus on synergies along the entire battery value chain.    Volkswagen Group and Chinese manufacturer Ganfeng sign memorandum of understanding for long-term lithium supplies    Group Board Member for Procurement, Dr more >>
New Passat breaks record on debut: Number one mid-range model with 30 million vehicles worldwide
05.04.2019
The 30 millionth Passat is a GTE VariantThis vehicle is a nearly production-ready concept car.   Most successful mid-range model: Volkswagen’s Emden plant has produced the 30 millionth Passat    more >>
Rolls-Royce to embark on "Progress Tour" of London ahead of flagship showroom relocation
04.04.2019
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars London has been pivotal to the brand’s remarkable renaissance and provided a meaningful contribution to last year’s historic sales record – the most successful year in the marque’s 115-year history. more >>
Full speed ahead for the continuing development of the Volkswagen ID. R
04.04.2019
•    Extensive test and simulation programme in the evolutionary phase of the purely electric-powered ID. R for the record attempt on the Nordschleife•    Volkswagen Motorsport uses computer capacities during vehicle simulation for production development•    Knowledge transfer with the ID. pr more >>
50 years in sixty seconds
04.04.2019
•    The auto industry has undergone a meteoric evolution over the past decades, from design and production to exports•    The same number of cars that used to be made in one day now only takes 3 minutes•    Compared to the two years of waiting for a SEAT 600, today you can buy a car in 10 mi more >>
PSA Foundation and Avise release a unique all-in-one measurement and communication tool.
04.04.2019
Social value of social garages•    Result of a collective work carried out with the social garages winners of the "Mobility & Inclusion" call for projects of the PSA Foundation•    Tailored to help social garages communicate with mobility stakeholders in their local area&b more >>
Toyota PROACE CITY
03.04.2019
Toyota announces the World Premiere of the new compact duty van    New PROACE CITY compact duty van to make its world premiere at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham UK, on 30 April   more >>
MIPS Evaluation of WaveCel Technology Shows Results Far Below the Published Claims
02.04.2019
Two weeks ago, Bontrager launched a new set of helmets featuring Wavecel, its new exclusively licensed technology, that is claimed to decrease linear impacts and duplicate MIPS’ proven ability to lessen the rotational motion associated with potential brain injuries such as diffuse axonal injury, subdural hematoma, and concussion. MIPS made initial tests, which were communicated last week, more >>
Prince Carl Philip of Sweden visits Volkswagen
02.04.2019
HRH Carl Philip, Prince of Sweden, is signing the Volkswagen guest book. From left: HRH Carl Philip, Prince of Sweden next to Andreas Renschler, CEO of TRATON SE and a Member of the Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft Board of Management &nbs more >>
Dr. Ralf Brunken is new Director of AutoUni
02.04.2019
Predecessor Prof. Dr. Mark Gonter assumes senior management function in Procurement at Audi AG Dr. Ralf Brunken, formerly CIO at ŠKODA, has taken over as Director of the AutoUni effective April 1. He succeeds Prof. Dr. Mark Gonter, who assumes responsibility for value analysis in the future fields of e-mobility, autonomous driving and connectivity in more >>
Season Opener: Opel Insignia Sports Tourer for Formula Student Teams
01.04.2019
    Largest student racing series in Europe: design competition for young talents    Opel as partner: Of five universities near German sites    Team vehicles: Opel provides the students with five Insignia Sports Tourers more >>
New Pastport Trim in 2019 Honda Passport Lineup Throws Back to Simpler Times and Nineties Nostalgia
01.04.2019
    Pastport – the nineties-inspired Honda Passport trim – offers nostalgic enthusiasts the simplicity and self-expression of the '90s    Features "state-of-the-art" automatic windows, digital clock, cassette-to-CD converter a more >>
Change in management at Messe Frankfurt USA and South Africa
29.03.2019
Effective 1 April 2019, Konstantin von Vieregge, Managing Director of Messe Frankfurt South Africa, will be moving to Atlanta to assume the position of President at Messe Frankfurt Inc. He will be succeeded by Joshua Low, who has already been Group Exhibition Director at Messe Frankfurt South Africa since June 2017. more >>
Realignment of BMW Group Design
29.03.2019
Sustainable structures for the future:-  Jozef Kaban new head of Rolls-Royce design - Domagoj Dukec takes over BMW design - Van Hooydonk: “a signal of our future orientation”The BMW Group is reorganising its Design division and taking the next step towards sustainable, leaner structures. Jo more >>
Volkswagen exchanges more than 300,000 old diesels
28.03.2019
Group brands Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen Passenger Cars and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles make a key contribution to air quality improvement in German cities with exchange incentives    Incentives for nearly new cars extended until further notice throughout Germany for VW and Audi    Incentives for new cars to expir more >>
Testing of the new Porsche Taycan has entered the final stage
28.03.2019
From a computer simulation via the test bench to the roadPorsche’s first purely electrically driven sports car, the Taycan, is currently completing its final test drives before it enters series production. In Scandinavia, just a few kilometres awa more >>
Daimler and Geely Holding form global joint venture to develop smart
28.03.2019
    50:50 joint venture between Daimler and Geely based in China to develop and operate smart brand globally as all electric carmaker    smart to gain shared expertise in manufacturing, engineering and design from both groups    smart to expand to meet demand for electrification, with production based more >>
Groupe PSA accelerates its deployment in China’s aftermarket by acquiring LONGSTAR
28.03.2019
•    Groupe PSA pursues the deployment of its strategic plan, after the acquisition of shares in two other parts distributors in 2018[1].•    Groupe PSA has the ambition to establish a strong position in the Independent Aftermarke more >>
SEAT will launch six electric and plug-in hybrid models and develop a new platform in Spain for electric vehicles
27.03.2019
SEAT ANNUAL MEDIA CONFERENCE•    SEAT obtains its highest ever profit after tax of close to 300 million euros and its turnover nears 10 billion euros, the highest in history•    In 2018, the company allocated more than 1.2 billion euros to investments and R&D expenses, a record figure• more >>
First McLaren carbon fibre chassis delivered
22.03.2019
...from new £50M McLaren Automotive Innovation and Manufacturing Centre    First prototype MonoCell produced in new £50m innovation centre    McLaren Composites Technology Centre in Sheffield more >>
Valvoline new partner for KTM Sportcar
22.03.2019
VALVOLINE TO BE EXCLUSIVE OEM FOR KTM X-BOWKTM Sportcar GmbH, Austria’s only OEM and manufacturer of the KTM X-BOW super sportscar is launching an exclusive cooperation with Valvoline, one of the world’s leadinglubricant manufacturers, just in time fo more >>
Volkswagen forms European Battery Union with Northvolt
22.03.2019
European companies and institutes join forces under the leadership of the Volkswagen Group and Northvolt to form the European Battery Union (EBU) consortium    Consortium wishes to participate for funding for the research, development and industrial implementation of battery technology The Volkswagen Group and furt more >>
Diess: “Safeguarding our future can only succeed together”
20.03.2019
Works meeting in Wolfsburg    Diess thanks employees for their performance and appeals for efforts to master the transformation to continue The Chairman of Volkswagen called for better cooperation on future topics at Volkswa more >>
Surfing in the desert - Extreme driving
19.03.2019
•    The SEAT Tarraco undergoes testing on Morocco’s Erg Chebbi, one of the most unforgiving places on the planet•    Dunes that soar to the height of the Sagrada Familia challenge driving assistants such as the more >>
Groupe Renault announces appointments in Regions
19.03.2019
In order to accelerate the Group transformation, boost the profitability of operations and develop growth in new markets, Groupe Renault announces the following appointments in its Regions. As of April 1, 2019: more >>
Prototype for new Porsche company architecture opened in Palm Springs
19.03.2019
Porsche dealerships receive worldwide new corporate architectureWelcoming and experiential: Porsche is launching a new corporate architecture for its Porsche Centres worldwide. Following the tagline “Destination Porsche,” dealerships are intended to more >>
Fossil energy sources go, Power-to-X comes
14.03.2019
Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced and fossil fuels must be intelligently replaced. Power-to-X is the solution to many questions relating to the Paris Climate Agreement. Green electricity is turned into synthetic fuels, which are used in numerous industrial applications.The Paris more >>
Designing the first CUPRA, in three stages
14.03.2019
The creative process that goes into a concept car •    Hundreds of sketches, virtual reality and more than six months of work to make the CUPRA Formentor come to life•    A combination of technology and a sophisticated image, the priority of the designers•    Virtual re more >>
Nissan and Mitsubishi to launch new kei cars as collaboration expands
14.03.2019
All-new minivehicles introduced through NMKV joint venture will be first to offer semiautonomous driving technologyNissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will introduce four new minivehicles in Japan through their joint venture, as th more >>
Opel Returns to Russia
14.03.2019
    Comeback with initial line-up of three models this year still    Grandland X, Zafira Life and Vivaro to be available in Russia in fourth quarter    Zafira Life and Vivaro Transporter to be built in the Kaluga plant    Further models will follow soon&nbs more >>
Groupe Renault announces the new composition of executive committee
13.03.2019
In order to respond to the sweeping changes taking place in the automobile industry, accelerate the company’s transformation to better meet customer expectations and improve the efficiency and profitability of operations, Thierry Bolloré, CEO of Groupe Renault, has more >>
LVCVA Board of Directors Votes to Move Forward with Elon Musk's The Boring Company
12.03.2019
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors today made a monumental decision that will revolutionize Southern Nevada’s transportation.     The 14-member Board approved a recommendation to select more >>
Eric Basset appointed Director of PSA Retail France
12.03.2019
Effective 11 March 2019, Eric Basset is joining PSA Retail, Groupe PSA’s distribution group, as Director of PSA Retail France.He will report to Anne Abboud, Senior Vice-President of PSA Retail.From that date, he will also take ch more >>
Renault - Nissan - Mitsubishi new Alliance operation board
12.03.2019
Jean-Dominique Senard, Chairman of Renault, Hiroto Saikawa, CEO of Nissan, Thierry Bolloré, CEO of Renault and Osamu Masuko, CEO of Mitsubishi Motors, announce the intention to create a new Alliance operating boardFrom left to rig more >>

2001-2019 automobilsport.com full copyright