So, I signed up to do reviews for two different sites. Chose the book below, a good book, but I am not doing anymore. Free books–nice but I am too busy to do a good job consistently.
This is a one time thing, folks!
Little Book of Bookmaking
Potter Craft New York
By Charlotte Rivers
Review by Joan Leotta
This is not a book for beginners. This is a comprehensive, well thought out guide to creating books from your own paper. It’s not about the printing of words on paper. Rather, it demonstrates many ways of folding and presenting words and pictures on a page, grouped into what we call a book. The idea is to create something truly beautiful and handmade to complement the efforts of a writer or visual artist. Presentation is part of the effort as far as these crafts people are concerned.
There are covers made from wood, directions for hand stitching, folding pages and wonderful examples of handmade books from artisans all over the world.
Of course, the complete list of materials and terms, the thorough and clear directions accompanied by pictures–these things make the book an excellent gift for a budding book artist. A high school or college level art teacher could easily pass this book around the classroom as inspiration for art projects that combine words and visual art–even if that visual is simply the book itself.
What makes it step above the ordinary art instruction book is the international flavor of the examples, with clear credit to the artists cited. The international flavor of the ideas contained is a true picture of how much we need to see and appreciate other cultures. A wonderful book for the artist, a wonderful lesson for the human and the artist in all of us.