Making books by hand has never been cooler, with this inspiring guide to 30 top bookmakers working today, plus 21 tutorials for essential techniques to make your own books.
Crafters, artists, writers, and book lovers can’t resist a beautifully handbound book. Packed with wonderfully eclectic examples, this book explores the intriguing creative possibilities of bookmaking as a modern art form, including a wide range of bindings, materials, and embellishments. Featured techniques include everything from Coptic to concertina binding, as well as experimental page treatments such as sumi-e ink marbling and wheat paste. In addition to page after page of inspiration from leading contemporary binderies, Little Book of Bookmaking includes a practical section of 21 easy-to-follow illustrated tutorials.
I anticipated this being a how-to book, but found it was so much more. It is a beautiful book that was well-thought out and put together. It is a nice size and a sturdy hardcover. The first half of the book showcases techniques that artists and bookbinders from all over the world have created and utilized. I thought it was inspiring to see the beautiful designs that other people have created and also enjoyed reading about how they came up with the ideas and what they were trying to express.
On some of the pages, readers are referred to step-by-step instructions at the back of the book so that they can create their own books. I found the instructions to be very easy to follow, and also appreciated the ideas for substitutions. Everything is covered in these pages! Readers can create their own book with unique inner pages, choose a cover from a variety of types, follow instructions to duplicate a striking binding stitch, and even explore folding techniques to create a one-of-a-kind book. I loved the simplicity of this book and know I will use the ideas with my own children and in my classroom.
If you are looking for an easy-to-follow book to get you started on your own book making adventures, I can’t think of a better one. This book is inspiring, creative, and detailed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.