Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms

Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms

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By (author) Alisa Golden

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  • Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 213mm x 251mm x 20mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Asheville
  • ISBN 10: 1600595871
  • ISBN 13: 9781600595875
  • Illustrations note: full colour throughout, includes diagrams, includes photographs
  • Sales rank: 4,274

Product description

Bookmaking is more popular than ever and this book makes the craft available to everyone. Beginners will soon be on their way to folding, gluing and sewing handmade books in a variety of styles. This title includes photographs of the author's own books; this collection is sure to inspire. In the digital world, books may seem like an endangered species, but bookmaking is more popular than ever. Thanks to the 100 ideas in this volume, the craft is now available to everyone. In as little as an afternoon, beginners will be on their way to folding, gluing and sewing handmade books in a variety of shapes and styles, from rolled scrolls to Jacob's ladders, folded flexagons to case bindings. Complete with photographs of the author's own master books and statements by more than 40 established book artists, this collection is sure to inspire.

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Alisa Golden's work is collected by such institutions as the New York Public Library; the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the V&A. She currently teaches at California College of the Arts, San Francisco and the San Francisco Center for the Book.

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By liberal sprinkles 09 Aug 2011 5

Making Handmade Books is choke full of ideas for bookbinding, book forms and materials to use to create your very own unique books. I love the unusual ideas like a book in the shape of a tea bag and 3D books like a theaterbox. There is a lot here to fire up your imagination and creativity.

The book is well-organized into chapters on different book structures, binding methods, techniques for making covers etc. There is also an introductory section explaining the materials and methods needed to make a book. The instructions are pretty easy to follow and some are accompanied by diagrams. But if you're new to bookmaking and prefer illustrated step-by-step instructions, you may want to check out the book first before buying it.

Those familiar with Golden's works should take note that this is actually a compiled version of 2 previous books by the author: "Creating Handmade Books (Paperback)" and "Unique Handmade Books (Paperback)", with added comments from other bookmaking artists on their creative processes. If you don't already have those 2 books, though, this is a great buy.