Book Forms by Various Artists

Red Dos-a-Dos Book by A. Fain Books. When I first heard of this book form, I thought it was named after the do-si-do dance step. It turns out I wasn’t too far off: do-si-do (or dosado) is a corruption of the French dos-à-dos, which means “back-to-back.”

Everything Falls into Place, from Purgatory Pie Press. A pamphlet-style dos-a-dos booklet.

Winter constellation book, an accordion book by Chiaki Mori, not unlike a series of dos-a-dos books put together. Not to be confused with this kind of accordion book!

Coptic, exposed-binding sketchbooks by unknown artist, found via poppytalk.

New sketchbook, a Western codex style book by Gregory Lee.

Concertina book by littlepaperbird. If you’ve seen both an accordion and a concertina, you could be forgiven for wondering why both have book forms named after them, when the concertina book has a lot in common with the shape of either instrument and the accordion book, not so much. Here’s all I can come up with: concertina books look like concertina books, and accordion books… go back and forth?

An altered / sculptural book by Boukje Voet. See more altered books on the altered books tag, and more sculptural books on the sculptural books tag.

Remnant in Time, a tunnel book by Mary Beth Boone. Tunnel books are difficult to photograph, but I tried to pick a shot of this that shows the concertina form of this book, as well as the multiple cut-outs that create the diorama-like scene that defines tunnel books.

Bobbins by Diane Savona. I love these bobbins, which are a great example of the many forms a book can take. Scrolls, messages in bottles, sculptural art objects, concertinas with unturnable pages, tunnels showing diorama-like scenes, containers for novels or text or images, and of course, the screens of computers and devices. And those are just the ones I can think of off the top of my head!

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Naomi Bardoff
Naomi Bardoff
In 2010 Naomi Bardoff graduated from Bard College, where she majored in fine arts and studied watercolor, ink drawing, and book-making. She has also taken classes at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Naomi has been working on her illustration portfolio, working in offices, and volunteering and taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book. In addition to the SFCB blog, she blogs on her art blog, naomese - naomi bardoff's art blog; and pins to her Pinterest boards. Her own book work can be found on her website.

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