In addition to painting, I've also been experimenting with alternative bookbinding processes. One day I was looking at an empty match stick box. The more I looked at the box, turning it over in my hand the more I wondered, could I use this structure as a template for an artist book? The result:
Since graduate school, I've always been fasinated by the 'artist book' or 'alternative books' as they are often called. So when a couple of bookbinding classes came up at the Art Students League I decided to sign up. The first one I took was called Paste Paper, Bookbinding and Doodads. I signed up for this one because it was short (3 hours) and it had bookbinding in the title, plus I was curious to know what Doodads were! Sadly the only thing the instructor covered was 'paste paper' .... although I ended up making some really cool paste paper I would have loved at some point in the 3 hours if she would have at least showed us how the paste paper was used in bookbinding... some kind of coverage of that part of the topic as well as the 'doodads' part would have been nice but alas it was not to be! Boo...
The next workshop I took was a few days later (same instructor so I was a little worried) was on Tunnel books. I was not disappointed with this workshop as I did learn how to make a tunnel book! I wasn't really interested in making a beautiful work of art in this class but rather learning how to make the book and understanding how to design it... I figured once I had that knowledge I could take my time and really develop a concept, spending quality time designing the book (the book artist equivalent of 'process').... loved the result and now I have a great visual reference!
The same instructor is leading a 4 week class on other types of alternative bookbinding but I'm still taking my hand building sculpture class so I can't sign on for that one... but what I did do was I googled via you tubed all the types of books she had listed that they would cover and I've found 'how to' videos for most of them and I've bookmarked them! I'm still looking for one on the 'Chinese Sewing Book box' but I've been assured by one of my workshop class mates (who also happened to be the Executive Director of the League) that there was a youtube video on it as she has seen it herself... so I will continue to search! I also ordered 3 used books from Amazon on the subject! Did I mention... I love making stuff!