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Artwork in the form of a book. Artists books are a unique intersection between the world of fine art and bookbinding. They can be almost anything, from altered books to fine bindings, large scultpural objects to miniature books, scrolls to codices, and so much more.
BAT (Bon á tirer)
The field of art that involves the creation of works that use or refer to structural and conceptual properties of books.
The making or manufacture of books and all of the methods that go along with it, such as binding, printing, gilding, leatherwork, paper marbling, hot stamping, etc.
The method by which book are physically assembled, usually by hand but can also refer to mechanical binding.
Book Binding Leather
A fabric that has been made suitable for use as a book covering by backing it with paper or impregnating it with starch or sizing to make it impenetrable to adhesives.
California Job Case
A chapbook is a small publication of up to about 40 pages, sometimes bound with a saddle stitch. Often used for poetry and self published.
A historical tradition in book arts. A short description of the book that may include the artist’s name, printer or press name, signature, year, edition number, printing methods, typefaces used, paper type, any other materials used, publisher, author, and any other information you’d like to include.
Cover Weight Paper
A heavier weight paper that is rigid enough for use as a soft book cover. Common weights range from 175 to 350 grams or 60 to 130l b cover.
A rigid archival Board that is suitable for use as a hard book cover and for box making. Often covered with book cloth, paper, or pared leather during the process of bookbinding or box making. It comes in several thicknesses.
“Democratic multiples” are inexpensive artists’ books sold cheaply or even given away to as many people as possible. Typically democratic multiples convey a social or political message. The artist wants to get the word out with low production costs and self-distribution, by-passing the art gallery.
Dos – i – do
Double Sided Tape
Drum Leaf Binding
Follows in the tradition of the book as precious object. An elaborate and decorative binding, example including a leather-bound book with gilt edges, raised blind stamps, raised ribs, or even a cover that is embedded with jewels or embroidered.
Flat Backed Case
Gold Leaf Knife
A book cover made from a rigid material such as davey binders board that is often covered with bookcloth, paper, or pared leather.
Heavy Duty Awl
Hot Stamping Foils
Hot Stamping Machine
Japanese Screw Punch
Light Duty Awl/ Pin Tool
Limp Vellum Binding
Multiple Signature Binding
Oil Based Ink
Roller Setting Gauge
Rubber Based Ink
Scalpel/ X-acto knife
Scharf Fix/ Leather Paring Machine
Sets Well/ ink modifiers
Sewing Frame Keys
Signed and Numbered
Snap Blade Knife
A book cover made from a flexible material such as cover weight paper.
Text Weight Paper
A light weight paper suitable for use as the pages of a book. Common weights are between 75 to 150 grams or 20lb to 100lb text.
Transparent Base/ Transparent White
Waxed Linen Thread
Small booklets that are used to disseminate information usually related to a single topic, issue, or political or social movement. They are usually produced in a fast and inexpensive way in order to make them accessible to the most amount of people. An example of Democratic Multiples.