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Ann Alaia Woods
The History of the World
Carol Freid
Held Captive-The Constitution and Bill of Rights
Carolyn Stewart
Asian Concertina
Judith Serling-Sturm
Unarmed in America
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Resources for Book Artists

Important note: This is meant to be a starting point of helpful resources for book artists, not a comprehensive list.  Inclusion here does not imply endorsement or recommendation by the Cincinnati Book Arts Society.


The Book Arts Web: “links to a large selection of book arts related sites on the web, including educational opportunities, professional organizations, tutorials, reference materials, and galleries with images.”


The Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library’s artists’ book collection is housed in the Special Collections and Rare Books area of the Downtown Main Library’s History & Genealogy Department. More than 70 works in the collection were created by CBAS artists. About the collection:
Tip: enter “artist book” in the subject field of the library’s online catalog.
The UCLID online catalog indexes materials from 19 separate libraries, including the University of Cincinnati’s Langsam Library, the DAAP (College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning) Library, the Elliston Poetry collection, the Mary R. Schiff Library & Archives at the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Lloyd Library & Museum and others. A number of these libraries have books about artists’ books and examples of the genre.
Tip: enter “artists’ books” in the subject field of the UCLID catalog.


LOCAL & ONLINE SOURCES FOR BOOK ARTS SUPPLIES      Colophon Book Arts Supplies     Dick Blick Art Materials 
     Hollander’s    John Neal Books    Plaza Art   (local)    Suder’s Art Store  (local)    Talas
   University Products     Washi Arts (CBAS members receive a discount)

MEMBERSHIP SOCIETIES AND GUILDS     Greater Cincinnati Calligraphers’ Guild     The Miniature Book Society     The Guild of Bookworkers

Wikipedia has a long list of national and international book arts centers with descriptions of each. Many offer classes and workshops, some have artists’ books collections. Note: links are inconsistent and some need updating, but many are useful.

    American Academy of Bookbinding, Telluride CO         Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg TN        The Center for Book Arts, New York NY  Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Boca Raton, FL    The John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown NC        Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis MN  
     The Morgan Conservatory, Cleveland OH   North Bennet Street School, Boston MA        Paper Circle, Nelsonville OH         The Paper & Book Intensive, Saugatuck MI           Penland School of Crafts, Penland NC            Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville MD 
    San Diego Book Arts, San Diego CA      San Francisco Center for the Book, San Francisco, CA



Adhesives (PVA, gluestick, YES Paste, double-sided tape, etc. Each has different properties. Try a variety to find which is most useful for your style of bookmaking.)
Awl, T-pins, push pin (Something for poking neat holes in paper and book board)
Binders clips in several sizes
Bone folder (For creating crisp folds; a craft stick or smooth butter knife will work).
Book board (Available in art supply stores, but first try non-corrugated cardboard you already have on hand – think cereal box, the back of a note pad, gift box, etc.)
Clean-up supplies (Rags, paper towels, water jar for cleaning brushes)
Eraser (White, such as Koh-I-Nor or Staedtler)
Glue brushes (Inexpensive brushes in several sizes)
Metal ruler
Needles (Blunt tapesty needles sizes 16-20 available in craft stores work well.)
Paper in various sizes and weights (Experiment with what you have on hand first.)
Pencil and sharpener or mechanical pencil
Self-healing cutting mat
Scissors, small and large
(Preferably linen, waxed or unwaxed. If unwaxed, a small piece of beeswax is helpful.)
Waste paper
Waxed paper (Use between pages to keep them from sticking together.)
Weights (A stack of heavy books, a brick covered in cloth or paper, a small box of coins, etc. will help flatten completed books, especially if you’ve used wet adhesives. )
X-acto, scalpel and/or craft knife with replacement blades

All of these supplies and more are available in the CBAS Studio for use by those attending Study Group meetings and workshops.