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How to Make Books: Fold, Cut & Stitch Your Way to a One-of-a-Kind Book Hardcover – November 6, 2007
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“From the letter-press cover on thick cardboard to the simple, step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by illustrations and photos of finished products inside, this how-to will be the favorite of anyone who wants to make a book. Absolute beginners can be successful from the first page with an instant book-all that is needed is a sheet of paper. Besides paper, most projects call for the same three materials: awls, curved needles, and waxed thread. The most complicated one involves Coptic binding, which might take a couple of tries to get right but, even so, is doable. A resource list is included, as well as a bibliography of titles the author recommends. It is easy to see that bookmaking could become addictive. Crafty teens as well as those who create their own zines will want to take a look.”
—School Library Journal, Charlotte Bradshaw, San Mateo County Library, CA
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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Smith's hand drawn diagrams have a warmth that many technical manuals overlook, without losing explicitness. Project directions are clear and concise. Her writing has a pleasant conversational tone. And the book is just a joy to hold -- the cover is raw bookboard, embossed letters to look like letterpress and a cloth tape spine. The combination of materials is engaging and tactile. I love this book!
The illustrations are simple but detailed enough to be easily followed, making this book a great starting point for anyone new to bookbinding (or more versed bookbinders who want a fresh resource). It has enough interesting bookforms to keep anyone busy for a while, and after covering the basics, takes readers on to more complicated forms.
Then I saw this book, and thought, "Aww, what the heck, even if I don't make a book, this one is so gorgeous that I can't leave it in the store."
I read the first bit the Friday night after I brought it home, and Saturday morning started folding and tearing and stamping and painting, and - ta da! - a pile of little instant books! Thrilling!
Over the course of the next two weeks I went crazy on the long-stitched food box books. Now six weeks have passed and I have stacks of folded signatures tucked all over the house relaxing, a fine selection of threads and a frenzy for book creation.
This is an inspirational volume, beautifully designed, engagingly written, and a very inviting instructor.
Book Artists and Teachers who use book binding in your classroom, this is THE how-to book you have been waiting for. The directions are simple and easy, even for complex structures. The images are gargeous. This book with it's davey board cover and bold red font is a collector's item. Every page tells a story. Illustrations are funky and fun. This is one How-to book that you will use again and again.