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Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms Paperback – January 4, 2011
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Happily, I was so wrong. I'm paging through it slowly, but I've done enough peeking ahead to see that there are dozens of gorgeous book forms here that I've never explored. In fact, just reading the first chapter taught me a number of useful new things about tools and techniques. Throughout the book, instructions are clear and include lots of practical tips for executing them, and the illustrations of finished books by Golden herself and by other artists are inspiring without being too intimidating. Golden's book is getting a permanent place on my art book shelf, and I can't wait to wade all the way in and start trying some new bindings.
My only complaint is that I wish the book had come out earlier! I would have used it as the textbook this semester in the University Book Arts class that I teach! I will definitely be sharing it with my students.
Often the author assumes knowledge that I don't have. For instance, she has a whole page devoted to making endbands, but she never explains what an endband IS. She also does not show a diagram of one in use. I suppose I could go to the web and get a lesson on that, but then why do I need the book?
This might be a great text for a class taught by the author. As a stand-alone teaching aid it lacks substance.
I found the book "Cover to Cover" by Shareen LaPlatz to be more useful. It is a smaller book with many fewer binding types, but each one is explained in clear detail with adequate drawings for each project.
Helpful for those who already know bookbinding, Alisa Golden's Making Handmade Books 100+ Bindings offers various binding styles.
The best introduction to bookbinding for beginners exists in Cover To Cover: Creative Techniques For Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums by Shereen LaPlantz with detailed stitch by stitch, step by step illustrated instructions. Her writing is clear, easy to follow, gently encouraging and kindly. The Art & Craft of Handmade Books: New Ideas and Innovative Techniques presents genuinely inventive and creative book styles for advanced bookbinders.
For a personal approach Live & Learn: Real Life Journals: Designing & Using Handmade Books (AARP) by Gwen Diehn provides guidance in identifying a book style to match your specific needs (gardening, shared collaboration, music, food, photos, fishing), how to assess journal suitability to improve subsequent book binding planning. There is more guidance for thinking about the bookbinding process than contained in Making Handmade Books.
For integrating bookbinding with content (pop-ups, writing, illustration), Paul Johnson's ...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ms Gorden's book is well written. Instructions are clear, easy to follow and most include step by step illustration. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bell259
Very disappointed in this. There is no instructions on standard book binding, like using binding rivets etc. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lady whitecrow
Not quite what was expected in terms of content...... a bit too crafsy for my needs. sorry!!!Published 7 months ago by wayne courtney