Event: An Introduction to Handmade Art Books

Location: College of Marin Community Education. Fine Arts Building. Room 312.

Date: February 2 – March 16, 2013

Mark's presentation notes for his course at College of Marin on handmade art books. We’ll be posting more information here as the course progresses.

Update – March 9, 2013 What a great class today! I so enjoyed watching your books take form and come alive. I had a request to post the materials list here on the web site. The link to the PDF download is here.

Update – March 7, 2013 Last night I participated in a wonderful workshop called Image Transfer Techniques. It was taught at the San Franciscon Center for the Book by the talented Courtney Cerruti. Courtney is an expert in image transfer and you can learn more about her at her website: ccerruti.com.

I'll be showing you samples of the work I did last night when we meet on Saturday, March 9th.

Here are a couple of resources for bookmaking and image-transfer materials that I learned from Courtney:

SCRAP 801 Toland Street San Francisco, CA 94124 415-647-1746

Arch 99 Missouri Street San Francisco, CA 94107 415-433-2724

Issues Magazine Shop 20 Glen Avenue Oakland, CA 510-547-6470

I hope all of you got a chance to read the informative article on the Codex Foundation in the Feb. 6th edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. The link to this article on bookmaking is here.

Students please note: This week (February 9th) I will introduce a bookmaking technique where you'll make an 8-page book by simply cutting and folding a sheet of paper. This will take provide you with a more traditional approach to bookmaking that the concertina form. You'll want to think about sequential pages with this book and how a visual (or text-based) story might unfold for your book's beholder. Please bring personal artifacts, writings, clippings, or other visual items that might work together in a series. Photos are great for this kind of book. The book will be small and intimate so think about that when choosing your book's contents. I'll also review imposition techniques so that you can order and orient your pages properly for this book form and all future books that we create.

Recommended Reading:

Cover To Cover: Creative Techniques For Making Beautiful Books, Journals & Albums

Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists' Books

The Art And Craft of Papermaking: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating Distinctive Handmade Paper

Speaking of Book Art: Interviews With British & American Book Artists

The Century Of Artists' Books

The Book, Spiritual Instrument

An addition to the materials sources that I listed in this week's handout: The East Bay store for recycled artist materials that I mentioned in class is The East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. It is located on 4695 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.