Homework for Feb. 16

Good morning! We hope you had a nice class last night. Thanks for the delicious cookies, Ashley!

So, for next week, you have two projects and a list of things to bring:

1) Create a companion book to go with the one you made this week. If you picked “lost” last week, this will be “found” (or vice versa). This time, instead of using only words, you’ll use only images. See what you come up with, and be sure to bring both books to class so we can see them together.

2) Your blog assignment this week is to search for and write about a handmade book example in which the author has used only images, no words.

3) On the 16th, we will be discussing ideas for your mid-terms, which means you need to bring the poems or stories you think you might want to use for your edition of 10 softcover books. If you’re unsure of what you want to use, feel free to bring some extras. As we mentioned in class, these should be finished, original works; you will be focusing on book concept, design and execution here, not writing.

4) We will also be creating hard-cover stab bound books in class. In addition to the hard-cover tools listed here, you should also bring:

  • two pieces of binder board that are at least 9 x 11.5 inches each
  • two large pieces of decorative paper for the outside book covers, each at least 12 x 14 inches
  • 4 pieces of inside cover pages, each 8.5 x 11 inches
  • a stack of 20-30 pieces of plain, white (or off-white) paper for your pages, also 8.5 x 11 inches
  • narrow ribbon, embroidery thread, wire or other binding string

Note: The dimensions listed here are designed to make a standard book with 8.5 x 11 inch pages (so as to avoid unnecessary cutting). If you are using recycled board and can’t find anything big enough, plan making a half-sized book, and using 5.5 x 4.25 pages inside.


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