Book Arts & Altered Books inspiration

I’m teaching a book arts, altered books & zine-making workshop at the Whitstable Biennale in June this year, and in the run up to it I’ve been getting so enthused about art book making and book binding that I can’t stop trawling the internet for more interesting finds.

Apparently springing from the rather terrifying loins of poet and artist William Blake, book arts, or artist’s books, encompass a rather broad spectrum of physical artwork and now digital artwork. Artists’ books take many shapes, including scrolls, fold-outs, concertinas or loose items contained in a box as well as printed text blocks that are perfect bound just like the books you find in a shop. Artists have been active in printing and book production for centuries, but the artist’s book is primarily a late 20th-century form.

I got into book arts after taking a seminar at the National Print Museum of Ireland in artist book making.

“Artists’ books are books or book-like objects over the final appearance of which an artist has had a high degree of control; where the book is intended as a work of art in itself.” – Stephen Bury

Journal Page by Shelley Malone
Journal Page by Shelley Malone – see her blog here:


altered book
Friendship Book by Maya over at


The Mini Book of Major Events by Evan Lorenzen
The Mini Book of Major Events by Evan Lorenzen found via

Where to find fantastic book arts stuff online

  1. Fuck Yeah, Book Arts!
  2. Flickr – the art journaler group
  3. The Artist’s Book Gallery
  4. Artists Book collection at the Victoria & Albert museum in London
  5. Hand Bookbindings in Princeton University

And of course, ESC zine’s print inspiration Pinterest board:

Follow ESC zine’s board Art Journals & Book Arts! on Pinterest.

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