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Expressive Handmade Books [Hardcover]

Alisa Golden
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Book Description

11 May 2006
An increasingly popular craft trend receives awe-inspiring treatment by a major artist. Alisa Golden (Creating Handmade Books) has created a spectacular guide sure to enlighten both beginners and more advanced students. She provides invaluable teaching on structurewhich is where newcomers will focus their energies firstas well as design and content, for those who already have some experience. From measuring and scoring to folding and cutting, from tools for bookbinding to useful media for writing and image-making, theres a rich store of information on the craftand a wonderfully wide range of projects, too. Make accordion and flag books, including miniature volumes; side bindings, with cross stitching or laced edges; sewn signatures; portfolios; pop-ups and other creative styles.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (11 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402720513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402720512
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,246,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for anyone intersested in making books 11 Mar 2008
By Billie
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book, each project is well described in pictures and text format. You don't need a lot of expensive tools to make these projects and the pictures will inspire you to take the projects described in new directions that suit your own personal tastes.

The is a brillient book for someone making a book for the first time, you will be surprised at how addictive bookbinding is and by the time you have made a few of the projects shown you will be well on your way in the interesting world of bookbinding.

A great boook for the first time binder, no prior knowledge of the subject is required.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bookbinding unbound 1 Feb 2009
By Jay
Format:Paperback
I bought this book because I needed to make a special book for a college photo project in a hurry. It didnt't help much with undertaking a very specific task but has proved fun and useful in a wider context.

It has detailed instructions for making several basic types of books, as well as some more complex and decorative projects. In a couple of days since getting the book I've made a proper case bound book with sewn folios, an accordion book and a nice little one sheet book with an origami envelope.

Every stage of each set of instructions is fully and helpfully illustrated, but its most annoying feature is that every step is also spelled out in complete sentences padding the text out to no great purpose.

The content of some of the projects may also be a bit touchy feely for the average brit, but I have quickly found myself falling into the sentimental memory syndrome too - so be warned.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual and creative delight 12 Dec 2007
Format:Hardcover
If, like me, you cannot wait to take delivery of your book on your favourite subject, then this will not disappoint. It is full of delightful and innovative projects - some advanced, others not so, but all clearly described with a clever, easy-to-follow instruction system. The author's own personal tragedy adds poignancy to many of the projects without being intrusive. She offers much interesting and useful advice to help get you going and her own work is so clever and inspiring that you just want to get started immediately. Highly recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something a bit different 26 Jan 2011
By Claire
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a bookbinder, I often concentrate on the process of making the book, and leave the content for later, or for someone else, if its a gift. This book has made me think about books in a new way, in that the content and book are linked as one. Its a fascinating book with prompts to make you think through your own ideas, rather than simply following the authors interpretations.

The instructions are clear, from the preparation to the end result, with approximate times taken to make each book, and the photos are very inspirational.

A few projects might look daunting for a beginner, but are achievable with care and patience.

I would recommend this book.
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