DIY Book Art & Paper Craft Projects (by Papersnitch)
Really easy jotter tutorial from Design Aglow. I don’t know why I never thought to machine sew mini books before. (It will dull your needle, though, so have one just for paper!)
Bookbinding 101: An Introduction (by Karleigh Jae and Daniel Heywood)
Starting tomorrow we’ll be kicking off a series of posts designed to provide a solid foundation of bookbinding knowledge, which, for the new bookbinder, will teach you all you need to know to get
And for the intermediate binder, it should refresh some skills, teach you some new tricks, and maybe add a new structure or two to the ones you already know how to create.
We’ll discuss the materials, the tools you can’t live without, and you’ll learn to make many different book structures and how to combine them. By the end, you should be able to pick up any book on bookbinding and be able to follow along, which sometimes isn’t easy to do without already having some experience and a working knowledge of bookbinding vocabulary.
(Also useful for any beginner is this guide to Book Arts Terminology)
Exquisite Woven Bookbindings by Natalie Stopka
“I spend my days pulling prints and binding books with favor for unconventional structure, textiles, and tactility. Books are made with uncommon fibers, repurposed and hand dyed fabrics, and vintage textiles.”
Handbound Coptic-Stitch Sketchbook I made for my friend Holly’s 21st birthday :) (Colors in the photograph have gone a bit funny, the vintage bird paper is actually a kinda buttercream yellow.)
(S)Edition Installation by Melissa Jay Craig
Limited bookwork edition of 99 copies.
“Some people have uneasy, squeamish thoughts when they look at fungus: it’s something surreptitious, uncontrollable; it lives hidden underground in familiar locales, ready to spring to life unexpectedly, and it often manifests itself as part of the demise of another organism. Fungus is an agent of change. I’m fascinated with its myriad forms, and I love to go in search of it.”
My Best Friend gave me this book for Christmas and I absolutely love it. It’s “wonderful portrait of people doing things they love- not for money, not for fame - but because it makes them happy”. It’s inspiring to hear stories about creatives who love their craft enough not to sell out for it, especially in today’s economic climate. To see more photos of the book or to buy it visit the authors website, here.
Pablo Lehmann, Open Text 1 and Open Text 1 (detail), 2007
Lovely pieces by Book Art creator Freshly Found.
Check out their Flickr site for more inspiring handmade creations…..
Book sculptures seem to be gaining a lot of recognition lately. If you’re a fan of this trend, you may enjoy the works of South Africa-based artist Wim Botha. The artist creates sculpture installations out of government and religious texts, reflecting on the human condition. The intricate structures are directly related to the materials used to construct them, which are often filled with definitions and standards of human identity, individuality, and immorality.
Botha says of his work: “there is seldom a distinction to be drawn between the prominence of the concept and that of the medium. I work with materials central to mass consumerist applications, that are subsequently transformed in essence and meaning to a point at which material and concept becomes integrally interdependent.”
The sculptor’s latest piece entitled Fuse features a a couple amidst a passionate kiss (very bottom of this post). Though it isn’t made of books, the piece’s message is heavily reflected in its constructed elements which includes charred fire-resistant pine. The material appears to reflect a concept of love. Though one may get hurt, love is undying. Fuse is part of the What We Talk About When We Talk About Love exhibit and is currently showing at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town until January 14, 2012.
STC Craft Presents: The Repurposed Library, by Lisa Occhipinti
More stunning paper art by Su Blackwell. Her site is the source link, picture sources below.
“This miniature artist’s book is about the journey that life is. The first element inside the book is a colorful pop-up bird that raises up when you open the first page. This bird represents freedom and our ability to reach goals.
Following the bird, inside the accordion pages, there is also a snake going through a landscape with four trees. Each tree represents one of the four seasons of life (Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring). The snake symbolizes the struggles that many of of us face while going through the different stages of life (or seasons).
With this book I want to celebrate the amazing journey that life is. Both sides of life, the dark side and the bright one, are important because they make us wiser and stronger.
Every element was carefully made by hand paying lots of attention to detail. It took several hours to complete the 4 editions of this book. Each piece looks just like the book in the pictures.”
Beautiful book art made from encyclopedias by Alexander Korzer-Robinson.
Robinson on his art:
Through my work in the tradition of collage I am pursuing the very personal obsession of creating narrative scenarios in small format. Using antiquarian books, makes the work at the same time an exploration and a deconstruction of nostalgia.
We create our own past from fragments of reality in a process that combines the willful aspects of remembering and forgetting with the coincidental and unconscious.
On a general level, I aim to illustrate this process that forms our inner landscape.