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Book Art Studio Handbook

Techniques and Methods for Binding Books, Creating Albums, Making Boxes and Enclosures, and More

Book Art Studio Handbook

Stacie Dolin


Amy Lapidow

Format: Flexibound, 160 Pages
Item: 199858
ISBN: 9781592538188
Publisher: Quarry Books
Illustrations: 300 color photos
Size: 8 x 10
Weight: 1.375 lb.
Published: January 1st 2013
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How to Make Books, Albums, Slipcases, and More
There’s nothing like making your own sketchbook, or wrapping a favorite book in the perfect homemade slipcase. And you can create it all yourself! Select the tools and materials you’ll need, master basic book-binding techniques, and practice your new skills on 12 eye-catching projects. Then explore the gallery of variations for more inspiration to make each book form your own. Whether you’re an experienced book binder or new to the art, Book Art Studio Handbook will help you take your books to the next level.
With Book Art Studio Handbook, you’ll learn how to:
- Set up your workspace or studio
- Choose the right board, paper, book cloth, and other supplies for your project
- Fold a textblock, make a sewing template, glue a cover, and practice other essential techniques
- Create albums: Imagine your photos in an Accordion Album with Frames, for example
-  Create books: How about a flexible Tacketed Book to customize?
- Create enclosures: From Slipcase to French Box
- Challenge yourself: Try your hand at an advanced project, such as a Travel Journal

Stacie Dolin is a bookbinder and consummate crafter located in Arlington, MA. After working in the silkscreen industry for a number of years, she moved to Boston to study bookbinding at the North Bennet Street School. She now teaches numerous bookbinding workshops and does independent binding and book repair. When not playing with books, Stacie knits, spins, and quilts, and looks for ways to integrate her fiber activities into her bookbinding.

Amy Lapidow is a hand bookbinder, trained through The North Bennet Street School and several other institutions including Rare Book School and CBBAG. She teaches through the NBSS workshop program, where she has developed classes on a number of bookbinding concepts. Her personal interest is taking historic bookbinding structures and updating them by using alternate materials and for contemporary uses. Her work has been seen in 500 Handmade Books and as part of the exhibit One Book Many Interpretations at The Chicago Public Library, where she combined a classic binding style with QR codes. She lives in Somerville, MA.

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Part I: Getting Started
Chapter 1: Planning Your Studio
Create Your Workspace
Basic Equipment to Have on Hand
Tools and Equipment That Are Nice to Have
Chapter 2: Basic Techniques and Definitions
Plan Your Project
Choose a Binding Style
Determine the Grain
How Much Paper Do You Need?
Cut the Materials
Glue the Materials
Other Techniques
Part II: Studio Projects
Chapter 3: Albums
Studio Project: Woven Album
Studio Project: Stiff-Leaved Stub Album
Studio Project: Accordion Album with Frames
Chapter 4: Books
Studio Project: Tacketed Book
Studio Project: Friend of a Friend Book
Studio Project: Sketchbook
Chapter 5: Enclosures
Studio Project: 5-Minute Slipcase
Studio Project: Slipcase
Studio Project: French Box
Chapter 6: Advanced Projects
Studio Project: Limp Paper
Studio Project: Travel Journal
Studio Project: Book in a Box
Part III: The Book Artist’s Gallery
Further Reading
Resources for Bookbinding
About the Authors

Here are some points to consider when beginning an album and choosing the best structure for your project:
- How many items (such as photos, drawings, or three-dimensional objects) will the album hold? Will the items be on both sides of the leaves or just one? Make sure the structure you choose will accommodate them.
- How heavy are your items? If they are heavy enough, you may need a heavier-weight text paper to support them. This could range from watercolor paper to mat board to a heavy-weight drawing paper. The pages should support your objects. However, heavier-weight text papers mean stiffer pages. Stiffer pages in the book won’t turn as well, and could lead to their own structural issues, such as cracking. Make sure you find the right balance of support and usability.

- Will your items be displayed both horizontally and vertically? If so, you will need a larger page to accommodate this. If you’re planning to use a landscape format, consider the weight of the paper and how it will be supported on the fore edge. An item that is too heavy for the supporting paper will cause the supporting paper to rip, sag, and not display or shelve correctly. Choose a support that is sturdier—as thick or heavy, or thicker or heavier—than the item.
- How will your items be attached to the page? You could use solutions such as slots at the item corners, photo-mounting corners, or mounting strips—or you could make an album with frames.
- What color pages will bring out the best in the items on them? Black is great. It has a traditional look and makes colors pop, but it scratches easily. White is classic, but it can look dirty easily.
- Does the album need a title label on the cover? Paper labels are easy to make with word processing applications. Experiment with text boxes and borders.
- How about embellishments? Where could you easily integrate a ribbon, beads, or other collage material? You need to consider the collective height of any inclusions when planning your album and how it will function. Adding enough room for the inclusions at the spine when making the book will help the album function well into the future.