- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: North Light Books (June 9, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1600611540
- ISBN-13: 978-1600611544
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,151,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dorothy Simpson Krause is a book artist, painter, collage-maker and printmaker who has combined traditional media with digital applications since the late 1960's. She is a Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Art, where she founded the Computer Arts Center. Dorothy is co-author of Digital Art Studio: Techniques for Combining Inkjet Printing with Traditional Art Materials.
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Most texts on the subject--including this one--tout the nearly limitless possibilities available to someone wanting to either alter or create a book from the ground up, but more often than not the flexibility of the medium is taken as license rather than privilege and weaker artists than Krause "let rip" accordingly, designing, layering, and collaging without regarding the principles of good design, textual integration, and imagery. Thematically they play it fast and loose, employing a plethora of stereotypical images and arriving at hackneyed associations.
Krause's book and work, on the other hand, actually show how powerful the book arts can be. Her generosity with her knowledge and experience--a sure sign of a good teacher--is matched by the tantalizing final products lavishly showcased. My only lament, though I realize the impracticality involved: that not each page of each work is shown.
I especially love Krause's painterly-ness; her rich palette reminds the reader that dark can be beautiful. The variety of binding and novel altering options offered come with great photographs, clear explanations, and helpful asides.
I recommend this book to anyone whe wishes to have not just a glancing but a hands-on relationship with the book arts. But I also recommend it to anyone who just loves opening a book and being dazzled by it.
There are other books that provide more specific instructions about how to construct particular book structures, so if that is what you are looking for this might not be the book for you. It is not a book about techniques (although plenty of technical information is included), it is a book about how ideas can be transformed into the book form. If you are interested in the intersection of structure and content then this book is a gem. The commentary on the books illustrated in this volume provides an insight into the artist's thought processes. I can only imagine how inspirational Dorothy Simpson Krause must be as a teacher.
My only complaint? There are some places where the lack of contrast between the textured background and the text makes for difficult reading.