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500 Handmade Books: Inspiring Interpretations of a Timeless Form (500 Series) Paperback – July 1, 2008
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The book is a perfect union of form and function, and as such has proven to be endlessly adaptable to aesthetic and technological innovation. But now this companionable design marvel—this vessel for literature, entertainment, information, transformation, and transcendence—is facing an uncertain future as texts are digitized and the quest for affordable, reader-friendly e-book devices intensifies. So what better time to take a step back and ponder the thingness of books? Books as objects; books as sculptures. In another entry in the lively 500 series (500 Tiles, 2008), readers will view with no small measure of astonishment 500 variations on the theme of the book. A list of the materials used in these playful, elegant, improbable, and affecting creations includes plastic, wax, cloth, brass, wood, leather, hemp, vintage buttons, prairie grass and pine needles, glass beads and seed pods, ceramics, and found objects. Book artist Steve Miller made the selections and shares his delight in their “ingenuity and creativity.” Visually dynamic, these are also totemic works of art celebrating the power of words and story. --Donna Seaman
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Each of these artist books is presented and placed on the pages in a way that invites you to observe and examine. Not about which is the best, but to consider the choices that each artist made in presenting similar ideas or themes. How distinct and remarkable we are. 500 HANDMADE BOOKS inspires the imagination.
I found my initial reaction to the book very dissappointing.
For me, it's the more daring artist's books that make this book worth purchasing. These are books made by people who love books, and they love the materials they work with. They bring the two together to make books that will make you think about "bookness."
I have seen a few of these books before, mostly on the internet. But many of them are new to me. (Not that I'm an expert.) I want to search for so many of these artists, I'll be busy for weeks.
It's true, as others have said, there is only one photo of many of the books, so you can't see the inside, or the cover. There are no how-to instructions. But the caption for each book usually lists the binding style, materials and techniques, so you can look for some information elsewhere.
I don't want to make a book from or in a mint can, I want to make a proper book!
That night in bed , relaxed I was up half the night and not halfway finished. This is a spectacular collection that one can come back to time to time for inspiration or the mere fact that you are feeling down.This is a coffee table book, a book to carry with you for inspiration, a great gift book for anyone that loves any type of art. It is a must buy!