Monday, December 17, 2007

So many books, so little time

The Hand Bookbinders of California is having their 35th Annual Exhibit on the 5th Floor at the SF Public Library. The exhibit will be up until December 31st and it’s well worth taking a detour from the downtown galleries and museums to look at it. Each book cover is a small work of art and the craft that went into the making is simply astonishing. Calf Leather, birds’ eye maple boards, gold lettering, inlay, suede; the list of materials reads like an alchemist’s shopping list. But instead of the Philosopher’s Stone, contemporary bookbinders are in search of the perfect marriage of materials and technique to make books that transcend our understanding of “book” into an object that is both beautiful and unique.

Alissa Fleet: les Deux Magots: Altered book in dos-a-dos Structure of Miller's Tropic of Cancer, found endsheets and marbled paper. This one is so small that it fits in the palm of your hand.
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1 comment:

Nancy Ewart said...

Addendum: If anybody is interested in finding out more about the book arts, they can check out the archives at the Book Arts Web or even subscribe to the list: