Book Arts is a growing field, and there are many innovative uses of paper in contemporary artists’ books. The following is just the tip of the iceberg and documents my own experience with various instructors over the years.
I met Ed Hutchins in the early 1990’s when I took a workshop with him at Long Island University. In one day, we created approximately 25 different book structures, all from copier-size sheets of paper. Ed used the now-defunct gocco printer and photocopier machine to ‘print’ many of his editions on single sheets of paper, and then he cut the sheets and folded them in a multitude of ways to make various book structures. I own a copy of the Mystery of the Magic Box, pictured below. The book and box are all constructed from one large single sheet of paper which was printed and then cut in a way that it folds up into a box that holds the book.
I’ve never met Keith Smith or Scott McCarney, but I admire their instructional books, as well as their artists’ books. Keith made this lovely string book, which has been inspirational in my work.
And check out Scott’s amazing alphabet book: