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Making books and zines, you will exercise your creativity in writing and design. You will also work with tools and materials -- digital and physical --in order to realize the intent of your creation. You may want to collaborate, learn from one another, and share your strengths. It is our hope that the books and resources on this guide will inspire you to experiment with zine-making and to explore related disciplines such as the art of folding and binding. You may want to learn or relearn hand-lettering, calligraphy, or drawing. You want to study page design and typography. You may want to learn thoroughly about paper and ink: their color, texture, and the effect they create in your art. You may want to become ecologically-responsible and wanting to experiment with paper- making and ink-making using plant materials and recycling garden and kitchen materials.
A map of printing museums, book art centers, paper history museums, rare book collections, historic sites of interest, and other related places of interest. Created by Sara Halpert. Museum Manager, International Printing Museum, Carson, California.
Links to a book arts-related sites on the web, including educational opportunities, professional organizations, tutorials, reference materials, and galleries with images...also the home of the Book_Arts-L FAQ. Archived & fully searchable. Maintained by Peter D. Verheyen.
"Founded in 1974, Center for Book Arts was the first not-for-profit organization of its kind in the nation, and has since become a model for others around the world, serving as a space for research, education, exhibition, making, and community building."
"Founded in 2019 by book artist and printmaker Tia Blassingame, the Book/Print Artist/Scholar of Color Collective brings scholars of Book History and Print Culture into conversation and collaboration with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) book artists, papermakers, curators, letterpress printers, printmakers to build community support systems... with shared passion for book arts and the unique potential of artists’ books as vehicles for social change and racial unity."
"The mission of San Diego Book Arts is to serve as an educational and creative resource for the community and to advance the book as a vital contemporary art form." Check out classes, worshops, and free demos.
The first center of its kind on the West Coast, San Francisco Center for the Book offers "a facility specifically designed and equipped to support the appreciation, teaching, and creation of book arts."
"Helen Hiebert Studio’s mission is to share and expand the love of hand papermaking and paper crafts with newcomers and to expand the knowledge of experienced artists through artwork, online and in-person classes, retreats, videos, how-to books, a blog and a podcast."
Slow Stitch, Claire Wellesley - Smith , 2015 Amazon
Tools | Materials | Suppliers
The Library will provide some tools in the Makerspace. Yet we recommend that you purchase the essential tools. They are largely inexpensive and it's nice to have your own so you can make/experiment anytime. You can consider purchasing optional tools if you find them useful.
Self-healing cutting matt (various sizes; consider the size of paper you want to cut on)
Utility knife / Olfa / Xacto knife (the first two will last longer; the last is helpful when cutting very fine paper)
Scissors (large, and small for finer details)
Bone folder (to score, flatten creases, smooth surfaces)
Awl (to make marks and holes; notice they range the sizes and sharpness)
Pencils (H or softer) and erasers (friendly to paper surfaces)
Book-binding needle (if your zines will be made in pamphlet or other style that requires binding
Linen thread (strong, will last a long time; notice the size variety)
PVA (if you'd like to glue images, etc. to your zines, using archival quality glue)
Triangle (a variety of sizes)
Paper clips / Bulldog clips (to hold things together)
Japanese hole punch (to drill through layers of paper easily, even through binder's board)
Printing paper will be fine for practice or even "official zines." Yet there are also a variety of papers out there that you want to check out for the text and cover of your zines. Notice paper has grain direction. As a general rule, align your the spine of the book/zine parallel to the direction of the grain. Paper also has weight: light, text-weight, cover-weight, cardstock, board, and paper on a roll.
--Paste. You can prepare your own paste from rice starch, wheat starch, flour. You can recipes via Google.
--PVA Adhesive: proven quality for archival purposes.
--Mixture: Mix methyl cellulose with PVA (following package directions) so it is less thick and dries less fast than PVA.
--Double-sided tape:" 3M #415 as archival quality (you can glue on a cover or images for your zine, etc.)
(Source: The above information is synthesized from, The Art of the Fold (2017), by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol
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