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Magic Books & Paper Toys: Flip Books, E-Z Pop-Ups & Other Paper Playthings to Amaze & Delight Paperback – November 18, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; Original edition (November 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307407098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307407092
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Esther K. Smith:

“Esther K. Smith is the Betty Crocker of bookmaking—and it’s a calorie-free hobby! Yay!”
—Simon Doonan, Creative Director, Barneys New York

“This ingenious, beautifully-designed book brings the miracle of paper structures to readers of all ages. Esther Smith brings her expertise as a book maker and paper folder extraordinaire to this delightful volume that is packed with projects and ideas.”
—Ellen Lupton, author of D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself and D.I.Y. Kids

“Making paper spectacles is one of the great tactile joys, and this stunning book brings that pleasure spectacularly to life.”
—Steven Heller, co-chair of the Designer As Author MFA Program, School of Visual Arts

About the Author

ESTHER K. SMITH, author of How to Make Books, collaborates with typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers at Purgatory Pie Press in New York City. Their handmade books have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Their artist books are housed in many rare book collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. Smith teaches throughout the United States, Canada, and England, and every term at Cooper Union in New York City.

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I love that is has written AND drawn step by step directions.
melissa a trigg
The author encourages experimentation and exploration of the paper throughout the entire process.
lar_student
How To Make Books is another great book by Esther K. Smith that I would highly recommend!
privateradio19

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Silligirl on December 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Once I brought this book home, I immediately started folding and cutting various pieces of paper and had a blast. I have many other bookbinding books, but this one brings a sense of joy and whimsy not found in the others. This is a useful book for kids and book artists alike!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lar_student on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I stumbled across this book and thoroughly enjoyed following along with the instructions in this book. The easy to follow instructions helped me to transform a regular sheet of paper into something truly magical. It was a delight to read through and then to make my own creations. The author encourages experimentation and exploration of the paper throughout the entire process.Of course, some parts were frustrating to make simply because I was unaccustomed to these designs. But that's to be expected, especially when trying to learn completely new things.

For those bored or for those who are serious about finding new ideas for greeting cards or personal projects, this book is highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melissa a trigg on October 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
I just received this book for my birthday and it is fantastic!! I love that is has written AND drawn step by step directions. This makes it really easy to visualize doing the projects ( however your brain works). It also has photographs of all the projects so you can get inspired! This book is not for someone wanting to do " traditional" forms of bookmaking (think multiple sewn signatures, covered covers and pressed text blocks) but rather for someone wanting to do fun ,easy and fast projects and forms of bookmaking. It includes pamphlet and stab binding as well as accordion, star and flip-flap bindings. This book also has paper toys. I think all artists will be inspired by this book and can use it as a starting point for their own projects or just as a start.
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By privateradio19 on December 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I first learned of Purgatory Pie Press when I was teaching a bookmaking class at summer camp. Esther's books were a great inspiration for many of the projects I taught my students. Magic Books and Paper Toys is a wonderful informative book that will show you the "how-to" steps of folding and crafting paper. You will be surprised to see the cool things you can make out of paper! How To Make Books is another great book by Esther K. Smith that I would highly recommend!
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More About the Author

Esther K Smith stitches artist books and makes collaborative limited editions at Purgatory Pie Press with hand-typographer Dikko Faust and other artists and writers. Solo exhibits include Metropolitan Museum of Art and London's Victoria & Albert Museum. International collections include Museum of Modern Art, The National Gallery of Art, London's Tate, the Walker, and the Whitney Museum. Esther Smith teaches Artist Books at Cooper Union. She has been a visiting artist at Museum of Arts & Design and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Her upcoming class is Artist Books: A Structural Approach April 30- May 4, 2012 at the Art Students League, New York City.

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