Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists' Books

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North Light Books, May 12, 2009 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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Discover what happens when you add artmaking and bookbinding together.

With Book + Art, explore the basics of surfaces, images and words in order to create provocative works of art with layers of meaning. Whether you're altering a pre-made book or creating your own, here you'll find both the instruction and the inspiration to get it done. In addition to learning mixed-media techniques—such as how to age paper, transfer images and make your own monoprints—you'll be given step-by-step instruction for numerous book structures including: Single-fold and bi-fold books Simple and extended accordions Perfect bindings Side-sewn books Single- and multiple-signature books Boxes Unbound collections Add the art of the book and the book as art to your own artmaking repertoire today and start making your own meaningful artists' books.

Foreword by Judith A. Hoffberg, Editor and Publisher of Umbrella.


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The title is misleading. The author mentions some of the details of book construction in discussing her process but they are of limited use to anyone who
may be an experienced artist but as yet has
no experience of bookbinding or digital
collage techniques. The convoluted writing further increased this reviewer's frustration. The author has considerable experience in her field but is unable to convey clear instruction to her reader.
The sepia toned pages and photographs are often difficult to see clearly.
Not recommended for the beginning bookbinder seeking guidance.


A Format for Artistic Expression
Tools and Materials
Surfaces Images and Words
Blank Books and Altered Books
SingleFold BiFold and Books Folded From One Sheet
Accordion Books and Scrolls
Perfect Bindings Drumleaf Bindings and Board Books
SideSewn SingleSignature and MultipleSignature Books
Covers Boxes and Unbound Collections

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About the author (2009)

Dorothy Simpson Krause is a book artist, painter, collage-maker and printmaker who has combined traditional media with digital applications since the late 1960's. She is a Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art, where she founded the Computer Arts Center. Dorothy is co-author of Digital Art Studio: Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials.

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