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Livre de couture peu ordinaire

Livre de couture peu ordinaire | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it
L'usage de manuels pour apprendre à faire telle ou telle chose est très répandu, même avant que l'imprimerie ne s'empare de ce filon d'édition. Chirurgie, cuisine, arts en tout genre, et autres tra...
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Wonder how many of these were produced?

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Jane Dunnewold's curator insight, January 26, 2015 6:15 PM

Poignant, this. And thoughtful. Thanks Chris Lott - for your curation on book arts. The creative expertise doesn't get the due it deserves in many circles.


And I was just in an Asheville thrift store loaded with vintage books. Oooh. The many possibilities!!

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40 Worst Book Covers and Titles Ever

40 Worst Book Covers and Titles Ever | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it
I've been told not to judge a book by its cover, but when the cover has a title like
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Some Christmas Gift Ideas for Bookbinders

Some Christmas Gift Ideas for Bookbinders | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it



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Loaded sticks ($125), Gearties, Sugru ($20; great idea pictured for using Sugru to improve the grip/handle of cutting devices), and a .25 micron diamond sharpening card ($12). All of them are cool.

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Folded Book Art (Bookigami)

Folded Book Art (Bookigami) | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

"These are not particularly sophisticated, but they are simple and fun. These folds are super basic. I folded one page at a time rather than two's or three's. That gave them lots of fullness. I found out that you really need a book with a lot of pages or you won't achieve the full 180 degree shape. Use a bone folder for sharp creases and to save your fingertips (and avoid paper cuts)."

Chris Lott's insight:

Bookigami is fun and easy enough that even I made some good looking examples without any intensive planning. But do use some kind of bone folder or other device or you might lose a fingernail from smoothing and folding so many pages!

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Linda G. Foss's curator insight, February 1, 2014 8:24 PM

Wow! As a kid I was  told to "be careful with books" never mark them or fold the pages. Grad school corrupted me as far as the marking goes; can hardly read anymore without a pencil and/or highlighter; But I still treat paper books carefully; this is out of my comfort zone and yet, so interesting . . . 

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Book Review: Book Art

Book Review: Book Art | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

'The only "problem" with this book is that I think if you just want to make the sort of "book art" that absolutely requires a book to be involved (like this cute owl project) then you might be a bit frustrated by the number of projects that are "papercrafting projects involving book pages".'

Chris Lott's insight:

I don't share the distaste some have for transforming books into book art in "destructive" ways, so I'm glad to see a book that has many such projects!

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Book Binding with Double End Papers

Book Binding with Double End Papers | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

"Quite some time ago, I made a post where I described a double end paper technique that I designed to combat the problem of wrinkled end papers when gluing down the mull. I didn't have any pictures of that technique at the time, and several commenters said they would like to see/hear more about that technique. Well, you are in luck! I've been cleaning out my camera folders and I came across some pics of the process, so I decided to do an updated tutorial on building a hard case for a paperback book. I'll skip the creation of the hard cover and adding the covering material, as that technique has not changed from my earlier posts. I'll jump straight to the double end papers and attaching the mull and the case to the text block."

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A clean, useful photo-tutorial.

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Voyeuristic book-making

Voyeuristic book-making | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

"An author friend of mine Viccy Adams recently prevailed upon me to assist with a creative project at Hack the Barbican. The brief was to use (or ‘hack’) the Barbican’s spaces and facilities to create an installation, so our project book / jacket focused on ‘stealing’ overheard conversations and cctv-style snapshot images (both collected on site), which we then immediately printed out and sewed into little booklets. We hoped the books would be pocketed and slipped into coats and bags, and discovered again later, as a kind of voyeuristic record of a visit to the Barbican."


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Guerilla, instant-book-making. I love it!

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Bind-O-Rama 2013: Cut-Away Books Exhibition

Bind-O-Rama 2013: Cut-Away Books Exhibition | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

"Cut-away binding structure models are a unique challenge in bookbinding - they call for mastery of a technique, thoughful planning of design to best show the underlying structure, and extreme neatness - all to illustrate the complete essence of a particular binding style. Models may range from historical to proofs-of-concept for experimental bindings (something more binders should do)."



Chris Lott's insight:

Fantastic work. If you have an interest in bookbinding, cut-away books are invaluable. I just wish I could get my hands on some of them!

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Catalog of the Exhibition: Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933

Catalog of the Exhibition: Trade Bindings with Native American Themes 1875-1933 | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

Trade Bindings with
Native American Themes
1875-1933


Collected and Described by Richard Minsky

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Looks like a great forthcoming catalog...

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Slipcase, chemise and book

Slipcase, chemise and book | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it
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An illustration--and brief discussion--of the use and creation of a slipcase and chemise along with a handmade book.

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long-bin chen: recycled book sculptures

long-bin chen: recycled book sculptures | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

new york-based artist long-bin chen is known for transforming books, newspapers, and magazines into sculptures. using locally printed materials (where he is an artist in residence) as his medium, he carefully carves figures from blocks of soft stacked paper–from warriors, to buddhas, to composers. at first glance, the highly-realistic three-dimensional works appear to be made from stone, but upon closer inspection, the viewer realizes the humble material which he has employed. chen’s commentary on social change seeks to connect ideas from the east, where he was born, with those of the west, where he resides. his creative practice at current sees him realizing large-scale buddha heads shaped from piles of telephone books, japanese warrior figures, and influential people from other cultures. an installation of chen’s art is on view at the halsey institute of contemporary art in charleston, south carolina until july 6th, 2013, in which he aims to encourage communication about consumption, waste, and the pre-digital era of bound books.



Chris Lott's insight:

The soft sculpture of some of the pieces is intriguing. Check out the video for a closer look at more of Chen's art.

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Cruise of the USS Dolphin, 1831

Cruise of the USS Dolphin, 1831 | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

This is Journal of a Cruise of the United States Schooner Dolphin, by Hiram Paulding, published by G. & C. & H. Carvill. (New York, 1831.) The restoration / rebinding involved a complete resewing, recreation of a frontispiece map, a sewn upper headband and a new full leather binding with French curl marble endpapers and a gold tooling of the custom design.

Chris Lott's insight:

Check it out...the inside is delicious too.

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The Water Lily

The Water Lily | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

The Water Lily - June-July 2012 - Hand-sewn chapbook - Cover image by Rebecca Olson - Layout and interior sumi-e art by Brooke Matson



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Very nice. Many steps illustrated.

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This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

This 16th Century Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it
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"Printed in the late 16th century this small book from the National Library of Sweden is an example of sixfold dos-à-dos binding, where six books are conjoined into a single publication but can be read individually with the help of six perfectly placed clasps."

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Polly Bird Bookbinding's curator insight, February 12, 2014 1:03 PM

This is a fascinating book structure.

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A novel tribute to Eric Gill

A novel tribute to Eric Gill | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

"Designed and typeset in accordance with Eric Gill's An Essay on Typography, the debut novel from Karen Healey Wallace is a celebration of letterforms. Unsurprisingly, the book itself is a lovely object – using Gill's Joanna typeface throughout, it has 'golden ratio' margins and just wait until you see the spine...


The novel has lettercutting and carving at its heart (with many of Gill's stone inscriptions illustrated on the page), and the subject matter has clearly informed the book itself.


Designed by Jon Muddell, typeset by Ali Dewji, and printed and bound by Smith Settle Printing & Bookbinding Ltd, the book even contains an interesting Note on the Typography which explains how its production adheres to Gill's 1931 treatise."

Chris Lott's insight:

Agree or disagree with Gill's philosophy, this is one beautiful book and I appreciate a publisher that's willing to go through the expense and trouble to produce a novel this way!


Bravo, Acorn Independent Press

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Book Art: Paul Octavious’ Stacked Books

Book Art: Paul Octavious’ Stacked Books | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it
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I'm not sure what I think about this, being one of those who has never seen the television show Lost, but interesting nonetheless.

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Bookbinding in Athens

Bookbinding in Athens | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

"My small world revolves around books."


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A brief bit about bookbinding in Athens with some beautiful eye candy.


Dimitri's Bookbinding Corner finds its way here regularly...check it out.

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Amanda Watson-Will: Book Art Object : edition 4

Amanda Watson-Will: Book Art Object : edition 4 | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

"As a title, "A Day Just Like Any Other" probably suggests a narrative approach, but I pounced on it because I could see it would allow me to explore Time with a capital "T". So there's no narrative at all, just a star chart, a perpetual calendar and my photos of a sunrise, together with transparent pages in a circular book structure."

Chris Lott's insight:

Beautiful. The transparent pages are a fine, fine touch.

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Cornucopia's tactile textiles: Briand, Holster and Wehr

Cornucopia's tactile textiles: Briand, Holster and Wehr | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

"Three of the books in this years' Cornucopia are particularly rewarding haptically. All three are one-of-a-kind books relying on touch to be fully appreciated."

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Abadova - créations décoratifs

Abadova - créations décoratifs | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

Many more wonderful creations to be seen in the gallery...book, paper, collage and illustration.

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Slashed Reads's curator insight, October 27, 2013 2:27 PM

Wonderful book art from abadova on Etsy. Check it out.

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Discover Thomas Jefferson’s Cut-and-Paste Version of the Bible, and Read the Curious Edition Online

Discover Thomas Jefferson’s Cut-and-Paste Version of the Bible, and Read the Curious Edition Online | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

'As early as 1804, when he was still president, Jefferson began separating “the diamond from the dunghill,” as he later put it, to assemble his own version of the Bible. He continued the project in earnest during his later years at Monticello, poring over various editions in Greek, Latin, French and King James English. He clipped the passages he thought were genuine teachings of Jesus and pasted them, in the four languages side by side, onto pages.


In 1820 — six years before his death at the age of 83 — Jefferson produced a leather-bound, 84-page volume titled The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth, Extracted Textually From the Gospels in Greek, Latin, French & English. Jefferson eliminated everything in the Bible concerning miracles. He ended the Gospel story with the execution and burial of Jesus, omitting the resurrection. The retained passages, Jefferson explained in an 1813 letter to John Adams, contain “the most sublime and benevolent code of morals which has ever been offered to man.”


You can examine and read Jefferson’s complete 1820 Bible online by visiting the Smithsonian Institution’s interactive Web display.'




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And the kids today claim remix is new?

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500 Handmade Books Volume 2

500 Handmade Books Volume 2 | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

Everyone who loved the original 500 Handmade Books will eagerly dip into this visually dynamic follow-up. Offering 500 stunning new creations by an international roster of artists, it showcases the unlimited creative possibilities of books as objects and as sculptural pieces. Along with traditional, richly embellished volumes, boundary-pushing works unfurl, scroll, and flip; feature improbable materials like metal, fabric, wood, and glass; and include lush, handcrafted papers.



Chris Lott's insight:

The first volume of 500 Handmade Books was a must-have...as is this one. The price can't be beat. It's small and you don't get deep looks inside the books, but these little guys pack a punch!

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Veterok - Elina Lundahl

Veterok - Elina Lundahl | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it
Fine handbound books and albums by E. Lundahl, Finland
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Some beautiful work for sale here...in a variety of shapes and sizes, from miniatures to albums.

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How to make an Altered matchbox book cover & Mini book

How to make an Altered matchbox book cover & Mini book | Book Arts and BookBinding | Scoop.it

This is a tutorial on how to make the above altered matchbox book cover, and mini book


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The crumpled foil really makes this cover stand out...and from a matchbook box!

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