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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (June 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454703962
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454703969
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Couch Cogswell's work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States and in publications such as Masters: Book Arts (Lark), Somerset Studio, and Fiberarts magazine. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Penland School of Crafts, where she was a resident artist from 2008 to 2011. Margaret lives with her husband, Dan, and their two children in Asheville, NC.

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Very outside the box ideas.
Mom of 2
There's definitely a range of difficulty in the bookmaking, so anyone who is interested in this craft should be able to find a book they could make.
CuteEverything
Wonderfully written, great directions and lots of fabulous book ideas.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Baulos on June 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I can't believe no one has reviewed this books - its amazing. There are hundreds of useful tips and ideas of how to expand the form and structure of the book into creative adventures. I like many other working artist have a substantial library of resource books -and see lots of books - I can't wait to use this book teaching and working. This book is visually complex while still managing to explore technical information clearly. I'm super impressed with how much information is actually included that hasn't been covered in other book or collage related material! The coolest thing about the book is its incredible artfulness! The projects will obviously lead to a rich exploration for the reader. Its great to see a book with so many fresh ideas about collage, layering, sewing, cutting, and let it rip mentality! I can't wait to burrow down and wallow in some of the projects!

I'm running out of superlatives to talk about how much I love this book so I will stop here. Of all the books out there about collage or book related themes - this is a book that has ideas you will use now and will often come back to visit with.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer West on July 5, 2013
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The only bad thing I can think of to say about this book is that, after reading it, I will no longer be able to get rid of all the odds & ends in my studio: most of them will be used up making the projects inside of this book. I really don't need another book about bookbinding, or so I kept telling myself. I kept going to the bookstore and looking at this book, toying with buying it because of its wide-ranging exploration of the book arts and many non-traditional forms. Finally, I finished a project I'd been dreading and broke down and bought this book as a little reward. I am so happy I did and I'm busy with all kinds of new plans and projects that incorporate paper mache, tiny boxes, wood and milk paint, which I have never tried before. Great addition to my bookbinding library and will get lots of use.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2013
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First I wat to say that the Author is obviously very talented and has a sweet whimsical style that is very attractive. I went to her blog and it has been added as a favorite.

I already have several online classes for book binding that cover the basics in this book, so that part was confusing to me and I find my video classes much more practical.

The book that caught my eye is the little "bird" book and that requires the paper guillotine. I liked the books shown in the "look inside" feature but most of these books I would not even classify as books but that could make the book fun for people who already have a good deal of experiece with book making/binding.

The directions are difficult for me to follow. No step out photos and barely any photos of the books themselves. Would be nice to have several photos of the books at different angles and views. In most cases she provides one or two photos that barely show the book at all..the cover or a close up photo of only part of the book so you cannot imagine in your minds eye how the book is assembled. I am a visual person and I need stepped out photos and instruction along with several views of the art piece (front, back, sides, insides -she doesn't show the insides/pages of her books!!!, close ups at diff angles etc)

not for beginners. seems to be more suitable for experienced book makers who want to find inspiration for more whimsical, less practical book/journal making.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CuteEverything TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 11, 2013
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Book Play is split into two sections: One for conventional books, like a travel journal; and the other for unconventional ones, like the Storyboard on Wheels. It has photos of the finished products, along with delightful hand-drawn illustrations of the steps required to create the books. I was interested in seeing how the books were put together and fascinated with some of the techniques, including the single needle coptic stitch. There's definitely a range of difficulty in the bookmaking, so anyone who is interested in this craft should be able to find a book they could make. One simple, yet intriguing idea was the "Unbound Book", which fills a mint or candy tin with cut out papers that fit inside and tell the story on each "page". Very fun!
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By L. Perkins on June 9, 2014
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Examples of books range from cutouts to foldouts - lots of fabulous shapes and sizes and some very fun, practical advice on tools and materials needed for your own creations.
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More About the Author

I'm a storyteller at heart. Over the course of my career I have journeyed from weaving to ceramics, fabric collage, artist books, and painting as a vehicle for my tales. Cloth, thread, paper, color and pattern have been constant connectors through the years.  My conviction that our greatest rewards often come from simple, everyday objects and moments is a recurring theme.  Communicating with people through the objects I make continues to be the primary and sustaining focus of my work.  I received my BA from Rhodes College. Since that time I have continued my education at Rhode Island School of Design, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts where I was a Resident Artist 2008-2011.