Last term I bought some pretty cool books on book making, and have had a chance to have a good look at them:
by Kojiro Ikegami
and Esther K Smith
I love Smith's style - both her layout, the images she uses and the type of books she makes. She takes the simple books from childhood and gives us permission to use them at the level of artists book. She has an example of the turkish map fold i used for BAO, (she calls it a pop-up map fold). Some of the other book types she talks about are pocket movies, origami star, shaped pamphlet and, my favourite, cross stitch star book. Her diagrams are a little hard to follow but you can get them with a little bit of imagination. This book is definitely worth a look. It took me back to primary school in a grown up sort of way.
Ikegami's book on Japanese book binding is a very different animal. Slick and informative it requires focused ready. But it is well worth it. If you read the debate on Amanda's site about stab binding you might find it worthwhile to take a look at this book. It does not try to bring the Japanese binding styles into the 21st century but it doesn't have to. It simply gives clear instructions on things such as four hole binding (kangxi, hemp-leaf, tortoise shell, chinese style, Yamato) Accordon books ledgers, scolls and miltisection book.
It has very detailed. If you like lots of coloured pictures of examples and varitations of the styles (something i usually do) this is not the book for you. but i appreciated the information that was shared. It certainly increased the already huge respect I have for stab bound books. Again definitely worth a look.
I am in the process of altering some board books I bought at the op shop last term. have spent a lot of time gessoing and covering them and am now doing a lot of writing and drawing to fill them. Great fun!
Covered this one with an old butterick dress pattern, one with a old typewriting excercises and another with a maps from a jaranda school atlas.
ciao for now!