I have recently got back into crafting in a BIG way. I use it as therapy to help with depression and stress – creating something, no matter how small, is such a positive use of time and stops me dwelling on the things that make me anxious. It was with this renewed enthusiasm in mind that I opened The Art and Craft of Homemade Books in the hope that I’d find some projects to inspire me. I wasn’t disappointed.
I thought that Ms LaPlantz would be teaching me about bookbinding, how to make small books to use as art journals or sketch books. Instead, I was encouraged to totally rething what a book was and to see them as an art form in themselves. I think it’s fair to say that none of the books shown in the book are particularly practical, but they are expressive, artistic rather than artisan, and a gift that anyone would be pleased to receive as a gift.
The instructions are detailed and have diagrams to ease understanding and the author’s passion for her craft is apparent throughout the book. I loved the gallery of books made by other artists and learning the ‘lingo’ of bookbinding.
While I have to say that the more complex books were of little interest to me – I aspire to be a Jack of all trades rather than a master of any – I can’t wait to try out the simpler concertina fold books and to incorporate them into altered matchbox and altered altoid tin crafts.
A beautiful and worthwhile book if you are interested in exploring book making as an art form in itself.
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.