In preparation for the upcoming Christmas holidays, I checked out a few books from the library to kindle new year’s projects. The best one I came home with is ‘1000 Artists’ Books – Exploring the Book as Art’ by Sandra Salamony with Peter and Donna Thomas. (Quarry Books, 2012)
Peter Thomas’s thoughtful introduction makes the claim that ‘the book is clearly the most complex and versatile art medium that exists’, and the pages which follow, featuring a treasure trove of work of artists from around the globe, proves this assertion.
I grabbed my sketchbook as ideas for projects of my own were ignited by these hundreds of examples of the very best in contemporary artists’ books.
A great companion to this volume of inspiration is Alisa Golden’s ‘Making Handmade Books – 100+ Bindings, Structures and Forms’ which I purchased and began working my way through earlier this year.
Her clearly written directions along with additional examples of exciting artists’ books have me all fired up to get back into the creative flow of studio work.
Another few days of vacation are on the agenda but these two volumes are fine for keeping my thinking cap filled to the brim. What are you reading for inspiration?