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Today’s Reference Collection Highlight is “The Penland Book of Handmade Books: Master Classes in Bookmaking Techniques” by Lark Books (REF.BB.1062). In this title, 10 leading book artists each provide step-by-step instructions for one of the techniques that they commonly use in their work. The projects are diverse, ranging from traditional techniques to those that challenge the definition of what constitutes a book.
|Tennarkippi’s Unfinished Bridge…by Dolph Smith|
Each project includes an introductory essay by the artist describing their technique and touching on their professional history and sources of inspiration. Here, the title aims to provide both an instructional how-to and a dialogue by the artists about their craft. Artists represented include Daniel Essig, Eileen Wallace, Steve Miller, Carol Barton, Susan E. King, Hedi Kyle, Dolph Smith, Jim Croft, Julie Leonard, and Barbara Mauriello (many have been instructors here at the Center for Book Arts).
|binding structure demonstration|
Projects are intended to serve as a resource for intermediate to advanced practitioners, and techniques include the creation of books as sculpture, simplified binding, the reduction linoleum cut, pop-up structures, content and indent, folded structures, box construction, sculpture as books, wood covers and metal clasps, and stiff leaf structures. Techniques are accompanied by full-color illustrations of the artists performing each step.
|Centipede Binding,2003 by Daniel Essig|
This title is somewhat unique among how-to books in that it does not skim over the instructions, but rather includes as many steps as necessary to complete each project. For instance, Daniel Essig’s book as sculpture project takes up a full 27 steps, and Barbara Mauriello’s box construction technique contains 26 steps.
|Endangered Species, 1999 by Lois Morrison|
The book contains at least 100 project illustrations including a back-of-the-book gallery of pieces by other well-known artists employing similar techniques to those detailed in the text. This gallery was compiled based upon the recommendations of each featured artists, and includes dozens of additional ideas for the book arts practitioner.
|Campus Specimen, 1999 by Hedi Kyle|
If you’re hoping to learn a new book arts technique or want inspiration for your next project, this would be a good title to pick up. And if gaining a hands-on approach to a new book arts technique appeals to you, you might try one of the Center’s upcoming July courses such as Tunnel Books taught by Maria Pisano, Paper Marbling by Lauren Rowland, or Intro to Letterpress taught by the CBA staff.
|Women of the Bible…, 1985 by Barbara Mauriello|
The Reference Collection is one of three collections at The Center for Book Arts. The other two include the Fine Arts Collection (composed of artists’ books and prints) and the Archives (containing Exhibition Catalogs and the Center’s ephemera). All three collections can be viewed via the Center’s website or in person by appointment. Note that the Reference Library is currently being cataloged, with roughly 85% completed.
-Sarah McCarthy, Librarian