When I was cleaning out my office this past weekend, I came across a disk of photos of some of the artist books I've made.
Artist books occupy that same area in the world of bookbinding that art quilts occupy in the quilt world. For those engaged in that arena, it's vast and interesting and valuable because each piece is a work of art. The pieces are exhibited in galleries and sold as art. But there's the traditional view, too, where folks who haven't been exposed to this art form are puzzled. "THAT'S a book?!" I heard that again and again. I came around to saying I made sculptural book art, or paper art sculptures... trying different phrases to help people understand what I did.
Anyway. I used to make artist books and exhibit them and sell them and teach book-making workshops. And I thought I'd share a few pictures of books I made back then:
"City" is a pop-out sort of structure, so that as you open the book, the city unfolds toward you. The cover is made from pages of a telphone books.
I love cityscapes and silhouettes. Here's a 3-layer accordion book, called "Sunrise."
I also used to teach tunnel book workshops. A tunnel book is one where the book accordions toward you to show an inner world...sort of like a collapsible panorama Easter egg!
Here's one called "To the Bridge" which shows the Golden Gate Bridge and SF skyline.
I wish I had a picture of this book closed...it's a mailbox, with a red flag that says "The Mailbox is a Museum"... here's a shot of the inside tunnel.
I used to teach classes in various sewn bindings, too. Here are some sample books with a sewn tape binding. These make great journals.
And, with all my paper scraps, I started making paper quilts that folded up into little boxes.
You can probably guess that it wasn't long after this that I got back into quilting!
If you're interested in learning more about making books, I can highly recommend a book called Cover to Cover, by my dear friend and mentor Shereen LaPlantz. It's beautiful to look at, has clear instructions, and will give you tons and tons if ideas.