Synopses & Reviews
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. Culled from the author's best-selling books Creating Handmade Books, Unique Handmade Books, and Expressive Handmade Books, these projects will fuel bookbinding adventures for years to come.
andldquo;As traditional books give way to their electronic progeny, the book as object becomes more significant, and the utilitarian evolves into art. Bookbinder Ekrem shows how to produce all sorts of handmade books and related accoutrements. Simplest of these projects, a bookmark comes into being by recycling the spine of a damaged or otherwise repurposed book. A decidedly retro book strap, simply and artfully embellished, requires little more than a length of leather, some metal D rings, and binderandrsquo;s thread. An old sweater metamorphoses into a luxurious soft cover for a personal journal. Seashells make unique and ideal covers for a little nature journal. One board-bound and leather-wrapped book makes a perfect tool for pressing botanical specimens. Ekrem gives explicit instructions and inventories of materials as well as detailed color drawings and template designs to empower motivated artisans to use their imagination and explore the world of handmade books.andrdquo; andmdash;Booklist
*andldquo;Bookbinding and book creation have a long and storied history. Graphic designer and artist Ekrem pushes the boundaries of that craft in her debut book. Readers are first introduced to the materials and tools needed. The components of a book are described with excellent illustrations, along with a quick overview of traditional bookmaking. The proper way to deconstruct an older book, styles of stitching, and tying together pieces of the item are also well displayed and explained. The projects are grouped by materials used: vintage, nature, and leather. The incorporation of nontraditional materials or elements makes for a wild degree of variety that is sure to appeal . . . and#160;VERDICT This fresh look at an old art will be in demand and is highly recommended.andrdquo; andmdash;Library Journal (Starred review)
Bind a book beautifully, with these whimsical and stylish projects from bookbinder extraordinaire Erica Ekrem. With her novel approach to traditional techniques, and the use of repurposed materials, Ekrem has devised creative fun for book artists of all levels. Choose from three categories: Vintage, Nature, and Leather. Make books from mason jars and seashells, a classic leather-bound photo album, and other works of art.
First published in 1995, Cover to Cover quickly became renowned in the bookmaking community as the definitive guide to the art. This beautiful revised 20th anniversary edition, now in full color, features updated photography and a fresh interior designand#8212;while still retaining the foundational instructions that made it crafters' go-to reference. After introducing all the bookbinding basics, it shows readers, step by step, how to create, fold, assemble, and stitch a wide range of books and journals, from simple pamphlets to accordion-folded signatures, using a variety of materials.and#160;
About the Author
Shereen LaPlantz is an internationally recognized book artist and author. Her work has been represented in countless gallery exhibitions and museums throughout the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Europe, and Africa. Her basketry or artists' books are represented in numerous permanent collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.