Bookbinding. A sometimes neglected art form. Bookbinding. “the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper or other material. It usually involves attaching covers to the resulting text-block.”. The first books. Made almost 6,000 years ago!
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A sometimes neglected art form
“the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded or unfolded sheets of paper or other material. It usually involves attaching covers to the resulting text-block.”
Made almost 6,000 years ago!
Carved into stone or bone.
This stone tablet from 2400 BC was found in Syria, ad told of the once-great city of Elba.
It was dried and used to write on.
Papyrus was a plant abundant in the Nile Delta of Egypt.
Wooden cover and backing, with a hole punched through the center to connect them all.
Few books of this time exist today due to decomposition.
Appeared in the 6th century, so after 500 CE.
European Monks held them in high regard.
For the next 1400 years, the majority of the books created were by monks.
In 1447, an automated binding machine was invented for binding books.
Many people continued to bind books by hand.
In the 1800s it was discovered wood pulp could be used to make paper.
The number of books society was able to make increased, and with that demand, binding machines were improved.
Machines are made to trim pages and to glue the binding together.
Improvements to covers for hard-covered books.
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover
a bookbinding project inspired by a childhood memory
Our memory plays tricks on us.
What was once abstracted becomes concrete.
What could be represented by this multi-media collage?
Is this a literal interpretation? How could we tell?
Would we know this is about war if it had been titled differently?
Reflection on War
Creates collages on discarded index cards from the library.
Focuses on what memories she recalls from each book.
How does she portray this book, The World is Flat in abstract ways?
Varieties of paper
What other materials can you think to use?
What elements of this piece suggest a narrative?
Write down ten memorable experiences of childhood.