Step out of the box today and check out some interesting ways to look at book binding.
This first book by Gwen Diehn is directed towards children and I've used the projects with kids. It's filled with fun forms that appeal to all of us. Diehn's a wonderful writer, binder and teacher. She sprinkles book history throughout this gem making it a great choice for anyone working with kids. It certainly appeals to the kid in me!
Esther Smith's book is both visually meeting and inspiring. Smith's use of materials is very imaginative and her binding instructions are sound. I would put this book in the advanced beginner or intermediate bookbinder category. Some of the stitches are a bit more involved.
I love this little book. It's filled with zakka-esque books and Japanese stab bound books. Zamrzlo's sense of whimsy is very charming. Some of the forms are very simple and some you should work up to.
Now here's a book that you can really sink your teeth into. Golden's collection of 100 plus is almost overwhelming. It's definitely advanced binder territory. The instruction is a bit vague at times. It's not a classic binding book. Instead it's filled with sculptural, interactive books.
I highly recommend all of these books with the caveats contained in the blurb. Take a closer look in the video.
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How to Make Books, Esther K Smith
Making Handmade Books, Alisa Golden
Making Books That Fly, Fold ..., Gwen Diehn
NOTE: I have the hardcover version of this book. It looks like the
hardcover is available from private sellers on Amazon
At Home with Handmade Books, Erin Zamrzla