Monthly Archives: April 2012

Book and Paper Arts Inspired by Tea

It’s a common fallacy to assume that other people are just like us. But surely it’s not a fallacy to assume that people who like books and bookmaking and ephemera also like tea, right? I certainly do! (More on that below.) Here’s some book and paper arts incorporating an affection for tea, demonstrating that other […]

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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.

Harry Potter Inspired Wedding Invitation Suite

More beautiful Harry Potter inspired design and paper art! This beautiful wedding invitation is inspired by the marauder’s map. By etsy seller oneLittleM. From the description: This enchanting map takes you through the fantastic adventure of the betrothed couple’s proposal story. Wedding event details lie within a secret folded chamber in the back of this […]

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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.

Open Studio Specimens

Last Saturday was Open Studio Day on Bryant Street and I decided to pay SFCB’s own Rhiannon Alpers a visit at her studio. I work with Rhiannon everyday, and I know she’s a book artist but I was still blown away by the great work that I saw. Rhiannon’s most recent project was set up on a […]

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Nina
Nina
Nina Eve has been obsessed with books since receiving Harold and the Purple Crayon as a child before she knew how to read. While receiving her BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute she took as many book and printmaking classes as possible. She now spends her time working as the Project Coordinator at SFCB, making and selling her printed and bookish wares, and learning French.

Pop-up Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral

That sound you just heard was me squealing with delight. This is SO AMAZING. Paper artist Sheung Yee Shing created this amazing pop-up of Notre Dame Cathedral, complete with apse and flying buttresses. I’ve watched the video above repeatedly on a loop since I discovered it. It looks like a modified chessboard pop-up structure filled […]

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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.

Birth of a Book

A short vignette following the printing of Suzanne St Albans’ Mango and Mimosa, using the traditional book-binding methods of the England-based Smith-Settle Printers. Beautiful! via Devour

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Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu
Rocket Caleshu is an instructor at SFCB, and a freelance letterpress printer.

Care in Viewing a Book: Excerpt from Structure of the Visual Book by Keith A Smith

Keith A. Smith has written a number of thorough books on the art and craft of bookmaking. Here is a section of one of my favorites, Structure of the Visual Book, in which he lovingly describes the care to be used in handling a physical book: CARE in VIEWING a BOOK: Holding near the gutter […]

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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.

Suspended Books

I wish I could find out more about this beautiful suspended book installation! I imagine walking under it would feel like walking on the bottom of a pond…with books up above instead of lilies. If you know where / what this is and who made it, please let us know via the comments. Discovered via […]

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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.

Peter Gentenaar: Paper Sculpture

More than 100 of Peter Gentenaar’s ethereal paper sculptures were installed inside the Abbey church of Saint-Riquier in France. Gothic architecture + paper art = SWOON! I love how the curves and organic forms of the paper sculptures echo the beautiful vaulting and cluster piers of the church interior – look how the sculptures have […]

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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.

Librarians Are Warriors: An Interview with Stephen Boyer

Despite its banishment from Zucotti Park, it looks like Occupy Wall Street has weathered the winter as it gears up for another massive action on May 1st. Since being met with militarized police tactics, the movement’s demands have grown to encompass basic civil rights of assembly and free speech. Interestingly, physical books—objects currently fretted over […]

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Matt Runkle
Matt Runkle
Matt Runkle's writing has appeared in The Collagist, Monkeybicycle, on BOMBlog, and is forthcoming in Wigleaf. A former Cartoon Art Museum resident, his comics are anthologized in Sparkplug Comic Books' Gay Genius and Rob Kirby's THREE. The third issue of his zine, RUNX TALES, will be released in 2012. Brooklyn Arts Press will publish a collection of his short fiction in 2013. You can visit his personal blog here.

Harry Potter journals

My sister recently sent me a link to these beautiful, Harry Potter-inspired journals by Etsy seller CelesteFrittata. Now anyone can write in their own Hogwarts textbooks! The texture and delicacy of these is so striking, their tone really fits with the feelings I got from reading the books as a kid. Seeing such a complete […]

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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.