Worktable Wednesday

I’m noticing a pattern with Wednesdays, which is that as of late, they’re nutso.

Today I did a presentation on Etsy at the Vermont Crafts Council‘s Spring Marketing Conference. As always, I am thrilled to have avoided my three big no-no’s: passing out, peeing my pants, and throwing up. By the time I got home, I was too tired to do any work in the studio.

However, there were two awesome things on my worktable today:

Books about handmade books

You are my new best friends.

I received both At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials (ISBN: 1590308220), written by Erin Zamrzla and Masters: Book Arts: Major Works by Leading Artists (ISBN: 9781600594977), curated by Eileen Wallace.

I haven’t had the opportunity to read them in depth, but I can give you my initial impressions.

The Masters book is insane. And in a good way. Just leafing through it took my breath away. The last book that did that to me was 500 Handmade Books.

In this book, Eileen Wallace gathers together 43 amazing book artists, each with work as spectacular as the next. Many of the greats are in here – Hedi Kyle, Julie Chen, Keith Smith – the book is a feast.

At Home features projects that use a range of alternative materials, from envelope security patterns (one of my favorites) to socks. The bindings are all based in the Japanese tradition. The book includes a combination of basic bookbinding instruction and specific creative projects.

I’m looking forward to spending more time with these books!

3 Responses to “Worktable Wednesday”

By Ellen - 14 April 2011 Reply

I just got the Masters book too. Insanely wonderful! Yes! Unfortunately, I’m now wanting to curl up with it more than make anything myself.

By buechertiger - 14 April 2011 Reply

I received the master’s book last week, too. Full agree here with both you and Ellen. And I, too, was reminded of the 500 handmade books. But from the first impression I had, I like this new one even better for its clearer structure, and the introductory texts about the artists.

By velma - 14 April 2011 Reply

yep, the masters book is good. eileen did a great job, and i saw work that was new to me, always a good thing.

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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