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Re: [BKARTS] Book or Sculpture?

I've been holding back this subject for some time, but by definition (www.dictionary.com) a book is:

1. a written or printed work of fiction or nonfiction, usually on sheets of paper fastened or bound together within covers.

2. a number of sheets of blank or ruled paper bound together for writing, recording business transactions, etc.

3. a division of a literary work, esp. one of the larger divisions.

4. the Book, the Bible.

So, a book has to be able to be read (or made to be written in (the journey thing) so it can be read later).  If a artist binds a blank journal. is it an artist book, or book art, or just art.

A cool site is : http://www.woodlandpattern.org/gallery/edible_books_results_08.shtml - it displays the Milwaukee's 2nd Annual Edible Book Show.  Some of those books are made of banana peels, others are cookies . . .but they all can be read.  My wife is into miniatures doll houses; in it she has chairs and tables and book-like objects.  If there were people who could fit into the miniature rooms, they could sit in the miniature chairs, but they could not read the miniature books, because they a just the covers over a small block of wood.

During the GBW in Dallas last year, I heard some older and very experienced (and very credible) binders gasp at some of the techniques used during one of the seminars.   How could this happen?   Because in the old days, books were meant to be read and handled, which means you had to bind them well; for book art technique is not as important as appearance.

What do you think?


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Well of course a blank book is by definition a book. There is progression, even if it is a matter of getting from the first blank page to the last. It's probably a more interesting progression once that blank book is filled with content. The problem we had with the big granite "book" (did I mention it weighed about a ton?) is that it really was just a sculpture in the shape of a book. Kind of like those book-shaped cakes you get at the supermarket bakery. Not a book.

(same John as earlier, switched from JCBA hat to Convivio Bookworks hat)

"Thank you, and write when you can."
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  John Cutrone & Seth Thompson, proprietors
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On Sep 26, 2008, at 12:19 AM, Linda Stinchfield wrote:

I like this! It's what's missing in the blank books, the models I've made studying various structures. They go nowhere; there's no movement, no journey.

Well, but perhaps a blank book holds promise of a journey...

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