Saturday, March 9, 2013

Post Vacation Work

Bookbinding models by Roberta Warshaw
Bookbinding models, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.
I have been thinking lately of putting some of my latest art work into book form.

This is partly because I am running out of room for all my artwork. It sits in piles all over the house. Under the beds, in the closets. You name it. Anyone who has been making art for over 40 years will know what I am talking about.

A few years ago I took a bookbinding class at the local high school and created some interesting books.

At the time, since I was a graphic designer, all my books were done electronically. There is nothing wrong with that, it is just that I want to make my new ones all by hand including the artwork.

I have yet to figure out how I want to do the type setting. I am not crazy about my hand writing but I really don't want anything electronically produced going into these books.

I found a wonderful book this week called Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden. I am making many models from the book of a variety of shapes and sizes to see what appeals to me for my work.

I am also labeling all my models with the title and page number. There are many, many binding styles in this book. And the directions are well laid out as well. Although you really have to read them and then read them again to be sure you don't miss any of the details.

This has been an interesting project for me since I returned from my vacation somewhat refreshed.


Marlene Brady said...

Wow, these are great. I am looking forward to the progression of this amazing project and the end result. I can't wait. I had no idea there were so many binding styles. Thank you for the post.

Karen Isaacson said...

I really like Alisa Golden's book too. I keep checking it out of the library. One of these days I will break down and buy it. And yes - I struggle with the handwriting vs. digital problem too. My handwriting is too sloppy, the computer printout is too impersonal. I have an old manual typewriter that I like to use - type and cut my text - but it's limited to a small font. I seem to have collected a billion rubber stamp alphabets, but I'm often too impatient to stamp out words letter by letter...
It will be fun to watch your projects progress.

Bridgette Guerzon Mills said...

That's one ofy favorite bookmaking books! Looks like you've been having fun.

morag said...

Lovely idea to put your work in book form and even better if you can make the book from scratch. I can totally empathize with you on the 'art work everywhere' problems! Looking forward to seeing your finished product :)

Aine Scannell said...

This sounds like a good idea but of course the images need to work together somehow....I think handwritten text looks really nice so don't be too hasty in dismissing that. By the way Ailsa has a lovely blog as well

best wishes