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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.
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.
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.
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 ›
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Excellent intro to bookbinding and creating clever books. There are excellent suggestions and the directions are easy to follow. Helpful illustrations!Published 28 days ago by Loretta Lane
This book isn't bad, but the instructions are lacking and there is a lack of traditional bindings. Almost all the bindings in the book are unique or just plain wacky. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jenny H
Love it, it has easy to follow instructions and a lot of different books to try out.Published 4 months ago by dylan
A classic-to be included in anyone library who want to make books.Published 5 months ago by Miriam Schaer