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Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists' Books Paperback – June 9, 2009
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About the Author
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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Book & Art; Handcrafting Artists' Books is a beauty, full of descriptions of how Ms. Krause devised her artist's books & book-based objects. Well-written and handsomely designed, it is brimming with good ideas for further exploration, and the Helpful Hints will surely pave a smoother way for those of us experimenting with new materials. To its credit, the book presumes that the reader is has an inquisitive art spirit and an independent creative impulse. It is a wide-open, intensely beautiful doorway to discovery. I think that to really run with the ideas and the possibilities, it would be good to have some experience with basic bookbinding techniques, but it is not imperative. A copy of Digital Art Studio by Karen Schminke, Dorothy Simpson Krause, and Bonny Pierce Lhotka is, of course, a natural companion.
Even if you have no plans to ever take up a bone folder, I think you will find Book & Art a rich visual experience. The full range of Dorothy Simpson Krause's work is well documented on her website, but this book takes the reader even deeper into the genesis of the books. I am grateful to her for undertaking the project and emerging with such a well-produced and accessible book.
I have quite a few books on making book structures and the techniques that are good but the imagery is average. Not so with this book, the imagery is elegant, sophisticated, and visually complex. She discusses different avenues for surface design and bindings including a thermal binding, a new method for inkjet transfers, covers, scrolls,editioning, boxes,using foil over wood, sewn books, and using text and words.
Yes, some of the structures one can find in other books but as a visual learner, I like the way the techniques are expressed in photographically. The structures and the layered imagery she has used for her books is inspirational and makes one want to grab their paintbrush and go for it!
Another feature I appreciate is a text box in the technique explanation that is titled "Helpful Hints" and "Creative Explorations"- it presents some alternative methods to enhance and take a method several steps further.
This is a book that should be in a serious book artist's library.
Krause's imagery is as far from that as the word "artistry" can take you - evocative, textured, informed, and rich - no matter what part of the text it illustrates. While some of the techniques described are familiar, she pushes into surprising extensions and variations of those techniques. There are useful templates and instructions, and color illustrations on just about every page. As a real novice to making book structures I find the presentations so clear and explicit that I keep responding, "Shoot! Even I can do that!" (Which DOES remain to be seen!) There is good variety in the art techniques presented, as well as in the book structures demonstrated.
The artistry is so rich that I frequently stop to wallow in the pleasure of experiencing it before continuing to the nuts and bolts parts. Which, given the title, is probably the point, and one well nourished.
My only problem with it is that I want to drop everything else and just go play and explore. Not an option for me right now, but boy, am I storing up ideas and inspiration.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent product, very happy with this vendor. I would use again. Thank you.Published 7 months ago by vallo Riberto
Packed with practical info but it could have used some more illustrations to demonstrate some methods to beginners. Overall, very useful.Published 19 months ago by Annie
This book is more about an individual artist's book Than about methods and techniquesPublished 23 months ago by Ada P. Cruz
gerat book if you're crafty. i found it very nice to have a book to help me brainstorm on how i wanted to create, but i also found that i didnt need it as a study guide to follow... Read morePublished on August 11, 2014 by L. Leach