Saturday, July 25, 2009

500 Handmade Books

Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: Lark Books (July 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1579908772

Book Description:
Interest in bookbinding and the related arts has exploded in the past decade, inspiring artists to explore the unlimited possibilities of the form—and delighting collectors, crafters, and gallery owners.

Lark’s Cover to Cover has been a bestseller for more than ten years, and this new and provocative on-the-page gallery, richly illustrated with hundreds of breathtaking photographs, will appeal to that same large and discerning audience. They’ll appreciate the artistry of a finely tooled leather cover, embellished with traditional gold-leaf lettering; the intricacy of an exotic Ethiopian binding with a show-stopping open spine; and others that resemble mysterious puzzle boxes, or that curl, hang, and swirl.

The sublimely talented contributors all put their finest work on display: Jeanne Germani’s Cloudspeak showcases her own handmade papers, made from such varied materials as recycled denim, thistle, and other plant matter. Chris Bivin’s codex-style volume features curious, tiny, found objects. One of Laura Wait’s untitled pieces utilizes a handsome raised-cord binding to connect a pair of stained-cedar covers with abstract aluminum letterforms attached.

The entire collection is juried by the esteemed Steve Miller.

My Thoughts:
This is a very handsome 420 page volume of gorgeous handmade book ideas. It also looks great on the coffee table as a conversation piece.

1 comment:

Phyllis said...

This sounds fantastic! I'm going to look into this one. Thanks.