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When students make their own books they:
- take ownership of their work
- create an artifact they are proud of
- are able to share their work
Student-made books can be used for:
- Creative writing (fiction & non-fiction)
These titles are available in the Middle School library.
Creative Bookbinding by
Call Number: 686.3 J68
Cover to Cover 20th Anniversary Edition by
Call Number: 686.3 L314
The Journal Junkies Workshop by
Call Number: 745.5 S425
The Pop-Up Book by
Call Number: 688.7 J13
Stolen Sharpie Revolution by
Call Number: 741.5 W944
What It Is by
Call Number: 808.3 B281
Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? by
Call Number: 741.5 T635
Projects to try
Here are a few easy projects to try:
- Small 8-page booklet from a single sheet of paper
- Notebook with a sewn pamphlet binding
- Accordion book
- Portfolio from a file folder
Scoring and creasing: Use your bone folder to score paper for folding or for marking materials for cutting
- To score paper, press and run the pointed tip of your bone folder along a straight-edge
- To crease a fold, use the side of your bone folder and press along the fold; trying going in both directions to make a very sharp crease
- To mark for cutting, press the tip of your bone folder at the point where you need to cut or fold and make a small impression
Fold-and-tear: You can break down pages for a text block using this technique or use it instead of measuring with a ruler
- Fold your paper by lining up edges (and following any marks you have made to measure) and then press with your fingers
- Use your bone folder to crease your fold; go over it several times
- Open the fold and slowly and carefully tear along your crease
Other areas to explore
There are many avenues to explore in the world of book arts. Here are a few.
Resources for the History of Books and Printing
This is an extremely comprehensive directory of Internet sites relating to the history of books and printing, part of the personal web site of Daniel Traister, Head of the University of Pennsylvania's Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Book Arts Web
Features links to a large selection of book arts related sites on the web, including educational opportunities, professional organizations, tutorials, reference materials, and galleries with images. This is also the home of the Book_Arts-L FAQ which features full subscription information for this listserv of almost 1500 individuals but also the full archives organized by year, then month. They are also fully searchable and contain a treasure trove of all kinds of technical tips, announcements, and helpful banter. The website and listserv are both maintained by Peter D. Verheyen.
What Is an Artist's Book?
An article from the Smithsonian Libraries blog by Anne Evenhaugen that discusses the history of artist's books and includes links to more resources.
A comprehensive zine resource compiled by Jenna Freedman, Zine Librarian at Barnard College Zine Library.
Add some electricity to your books with paper circuits. This how-to guide from the High-Low Tech lab at MIT will walk you through the basics.
How To Make a Zine (Broken Pencil Magazine)
This is a nice set of links to get you started making your own zines.
Bookmaking across subjects
Local Resources for Book Arts
There are many places in Richmond where you can further explore the book arts!
VCU Book Art Collection
The VCU Book Art Collection was established in 1979 through a collaborative effort between School of the Arts faculty Phil Meggs, Joan Muller and Davi Det Hompson, and librarian Janet Dalberto. It consists of nearly 4,000 items and is strongest in publications from the 1960s to the present. The collection encompasses all aspects of contemporary artists' publications, from inexpensive editions in the tradition of the "democratic multiple" to finely crafted artists' books. The collection also includes serials, exhibition catalogs and reference materials as well as concrete, sound and visual poetry.
Richmond Zine Fest
The Richmond Zine Fest is an annual event at which local and national (and perhaps even international if we’re so lucky) zine-makers can gather to sell and trade their zines and network with other people in the zine community.
Studio23 is a community print studio that offers classes in bookbinding and printmaking.
The Visual Arts Center offers courses in bookbinding, printmaking, and letterpress printing.
Plaza Artist Materials
Plaza carries all the tools and supplies you need for bookbinding--bone folders, awls, PVA paste, decorative papers, etc.
The Book Book : A Journey Into Bookmaking by
How to Make Books by
Call Number: 686.3 S646
Magic Books and Paper Toys by
Call Number: 745.59 S646
Making Books with Kids by
Non-Adhesive Binding : Books Without Paste or Glue by
Publication Date: 153.3 B281
- Awl: a pointed spike used for punching holes in a variety of materials
- Beeswax: used to wax sewing thread to reduce friction which allows thread to glide easily as you sew and prevents fibers from fraying
- Bone folder: a dull edged handtool used to fold and crease material in crafts such as bookbinding, cardmaking, origami and other papercrafts where a sharp crease or fold is needed; often made from the leg bone of a cow, deer, or similar animal, there are also synthetic alternatives made from plastics