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Creating Artists' Books (Printmaking Handbooks) [Paperback]

Sarah Bodman
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23 Jun 2005 Printmaking Handbooks
Many artists from different areas make artists' books, both to feature their own work and as an artform in itself. This is a practical guide for visual artists who are interested in producing their work in the artist's book format. It examines the history, methods and practicalities involved in making an artist's book, using many examples of the work of contemporary artists as illustration. This book will be a valuable source of reference for any artist considering making work in the artists' book format or anyone wanting to discover more about this vibrant artform.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (23 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713665092
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713665093
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sarah Bodman is a research associate for Artists' Books at the University of the West of England. She has curated numerous exhibitions and written extensively on the subject of artists' books.

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3.0 out of 5 stars This book is NOT 1289 pages long! 6 Dec 2007
Amazon have made a mistake saying the book is 1289 pages long. It's actually only 128 pages long, and a slim volume rather than the heavyweight it looks on the webpage. I was misled by the typo and when I got the book I was expecting a thorough history of artist books, along with whole chapters on how to make an artist book, the different styles of artist books, with lots of inspirational colour photos and an extensive gallery of contemporary artist books. While it is true there is a history of artist books, and photos and descriptions showing how to make a couple of books, the rest is rather dry and academic.

One good thing about this book, however, is the index at the back, which is an excellent resource for finding further information on the genre. I give this book 3 stars because the author Sarah Bodman clearly knows her stuff, but the book format itself could have benefited greatly with being made more appealing to aspiring artists, rather than being the dry read it is.

If you're looking for inspiring how-to books on making books/artist books/altered books, then I would recommend Shereen LaPlantz's "Cover to Cover" and Peter & Donna Thomas's "Making Books by Hand", both of which present book-making in a fun and creative manner and actually make you want to make books!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Creating Artists' Books 18 Oct 2011
By Bee Kay
I've ticked 'OK 3 stars', but find the book disappointing . No half-title. No fly-leaf. The demonstrations of binding by a smiley man are impossible to follow. I would recommend youtube/bookbinding and [...] if you really want a bit of a lift. I don't think that one could count 'Creating Artists' Books' as an artists' book. There is a good check-list of web-sites which might occupy you happily for a while. B K Foster [erstwhile proprietor of The Ashby Lane Press]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 25 May 2009
This is a great book for understanding artists' books and the differing types of art that this genre has spawned. Great photos for inspiration, tips for artists wanting to use books in their practice, and even some step by step instructions on basic bookbinding techniques, selecting paper and simple book structures.
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