Author(s): Erica Ekrem
This title features beautiful bookbinding projects from the master Erica Ekrem. It combines traditional techniques with a stylish aesthetic, using the popular upcycling trend. It is suitable for all skill levels and tastes. Bind a book beautifully, with these charming and stylish projects from bookbinder extraordinaire Erica Ekrem. With her novel approach to traditional techniques, and the use of repurposed materials, Ekrem has devised creative fun for book artists of all levels. You can choose from three categories: Vintage, Nature, and Leather. You can make books from mason jars and seashells, a classic leather-bound photo album, and other works of art.
As traditional books give way to their electronic progeny, the book as object becomes more significant, and the utilitarian evolves into art. Bookbinder Ekrem shows how to produce all sorts of handmade books and related accoutrements. Simplest of these projects, a bookmark comes into being by recycling the spine of a damaged or otherwise repurposed book. A decidedly retro book strap, simply and artfully embellished, requires little more than a length of leather, some metal D rings, and binder s thread. An old sweater metamorphoses into a luxurious soft cover for a personal journal. Seashells make unique and ideal covers for a little nature journal. One board-bound and leather-wrapped book makes a perfect tool for pressing botanical specimens. Ekrem gives explicit instructions and inventories of materials as well as detailed color drawings and template designs to empower motivated artisans to use their imagination and explore the world of handmade books. "Booklist" * Bookbinding and book creation have a long and storied history. Graphic designer and artist Ekrem pushes the boundaries of that craft in her debut book. Readers are first introduced to the materials and tools needed. The components of a book are described with excellent illustrations, along with a quick overview of traditional bookmaking. The proper way to deconstruct an older book, styles of stitching, and tying together pieces of the item are also well displayed and explained. The projects are grouped by materials used: vintage, nature, and leather. The incorporation of nontraditional materials or elements makes for a wild degree of variety that is sure to appeal . . . VERDICT This fresh look at an old art will be in demand and is highly recommended. "Library Journal" (Starred review)"
Erica Ekrem is a professional bookbinder and graphic designer living on Orcas Island, off the coast of Washington State, USA. She was recently a featured artist on Etsy's blog. This is her first book.