Thursday 21 February 2019

Book Review: Bookforms from the Center for Book Arts (Non-Fiction/Arts and Crafts)

Title: Bookforms
Author: The Center for Book Arts
Quarto--Rockport Publishers

Publication Date: 22 January 2019
eBook - EPUB
Non-Fiction/Arts and Crafts
ARC via NetGalley


Written by the experts at the Center for Book Arts in New York, Bookforms presents all the instruction you need to craft by hand a comprehensive array of historic bookbinding styles from all over the world. Bookforms traces the functional roots of each structure, explains their appropriateness for various uses, and provides projects for making an essential structure for each style of binding.

Topics covered include:
Why books work: General bookbinding principles for functionality and what we can learn from the past
What you need to know for planning a special book or embarking on an edition
How materials affect function

Bookforms tackles a wide range of projects for all levels of bookbinders. You'll see everything from sewn and ticketed blank books and traditional western codex book forms, to scrapbooks and albums, Asian stab-sewn bindings, unusual structures, and aesthetics/embellishments. What better time to dive into this venerable and unique hobby than now?

Bookforms was a wonderful read. As a longtime booklover, it was fascinating to see the process behind creating different types of binding. Many required a huge amount of work and some specialist equipment, so I don't see myself launching into it anytime soon; however, a few techniques were simpler, and were something anyone could attempt at home with a little time and patience. This book, with its detailed step-by-step instructions, will appeal both to those keen to give bookbinding a try and those who are simply interested to learn how it's done.

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