Alisa Golden’s new book, Making Handmade Books is creating quite a stir. It was a big hit at the 2011 College Book Art Association in Bloomington, Indiana, where it received an enthusiastic response in their auction, and has received glowing five-star reviews on Amazon. The people have spoken! And it’s no wonder: with over 100 structures, bindings, and forms, all fully illustrated in this photo-rich 256 page tome, it’s the most comprehensive bookmaking resource guide out there.
Want to know what the fuss is about? Well, this is your chance to win a copy of Making Handmade Books and get started on your own bookmaking journey. As an added bonus, the winner will also receive three special “You are It!” tags made by Alisa. You can use them as gift tags for all the handmade books you’ll be making from the book. Don’t you want to be “it?”
To enter for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post by 11 pm EST on Tuesday, January 25th. Any comment will do, but I’d love to hear about favorite handmade books you’ve made or received and what you’ve done with them. Journals, sketchbooks, recording dreams, poems, short stories, comics… there’s no end to what you can do with a handmade book. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce the results on Wednesday, January 26th, so be sure to check back in. Click here for the official rules.
For added inspiration, I invite you to read Alisa’s blog and to take a look at some of her artist’s books, which are cataloged by year on her website. This one, called Flashing Lights from 2010, is a cross-flexigon, an intriguing structure Alisa covers in Making Handmade Books, which, almost like magic can be “flexed” or folded in certain ways to reveal different images or “faces” of the story. Square flexagons and tetra-tetra-flexagons (say that three times fast) are also covered in the book.
About the Author: Alisa Golden’s work is collected by such institutions as the New York Public Library; the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the V&A. She currently teaches at California College of the Arts, Oakland and San Francisco.