Lark has a long tradition of celebrating the book’s potential as a creative medium. (We believe some books should be judged by their covers!) The tradition continues with 500 Handmade Books Volume 2, our newest salute to the book as art object. Juried by Julie Chen and recently plugged by the Huffington Post, Volume 2 is the follow-up to our 2008 release, 500 Handmade Books. It’s a breathtaking new collection that features the work of contemporary artists who are subverting the book’s standard structure to create bold, boundary-pushing pieces.
The range of formats on display in this expansive book-arts survey is remarkable. There are pop-ups, accordions, and carousels, scrolls and concertinas. And, of course, these imaginative creations are made of more than just paper. Repurposed items, fabric, and elements from nature are a few of the innovative materials favored by today’s book artists. As you’ll see when you scroll through the images that follow, these books were designed to delight the eye as well as the intellect. Enjoy!
Passages by Julie Girardini
Anchoring and Persistence by Lark K. Burkhart
At Sea by Rhiannon Alpers
Subject/Verb/Object by Ellen Knudson
Ten Books on Architecture 1 by Helen Malone