You would think that around a publisher’s office, we’d adhere to a pretty strict definition when answering the question: “What is a Book?” However, as book nerds, nothing makes us happier than seeing the book’s form pushed to its outer limits. Pairing simple materials (paper, thread, wire, fabric, found objects, paint) and her own unique style, Margaret Couch Cogswell does just that in Book Play.
Some projects are fairly traditional (but still creative) in approach. There’s a mini-hardcover book with a companion book bag and a beginner-friendly accordion fold book filled with an illustrated short story. But for those looking for something a bit more innovative, there’s everything from matchbox books and book-page crowns to a roll of tape that “dispenses” a story.
If you’re new to bookmaking, or need a refresher, a thorough basics chapter covers everything from materials to key techniques (including various bindings). Margaret provides all the information and guidance you need to create whatever book, or “book,” your story calls for.