As the summer winds down, and school begins, I always like to check my local bookstores and book websites to see what new releases will be hitting the stores for the pre-holiday season! (Yes, Christmas is officially less than 6 months away!). Some new releases that look great are "500 Handmade Books, Vol. 2", edited by Julie Chen and published by Lark Books. This one has one of works included so I do have to shamelessly promote it. But even so, the preview of included views from the amazon.com website are truly wonderful. Julie Chen, renowned book artist and educator, has some of the most intricate and wonderful books from her press. "Ode to a Staircase" is one of my favorites. She is repped by Vamp and Tramp at www.vampandtramp.com and you may want to check out her offerings via their website. So, it's with great joy, that one of my works was selected for this wonderful book that follows on the heels of its predecessor, "500 Handmade Books, Vol. 1". Not released until September, this book would be a wonderful gift for some book lover or yourself! Another wonderful book released recently is "Book Play" by Margaret Couch Cogswell. Her delightful whimsical book art sculptures are a delight to behold. Her book is playful, well thought out with well-written instructions and simple to follow. But, the work that she provides as projects are inspiration onto themselves. One can peruse this book and really realize how wonderful and magical artist's books can be! She will be teaching at the Asheville Bookworks with her workshop teaching one of these marvelous whimsies. Check it out at www.ashevillebookworks.org! Another wonderful book to check out is "Book Art" by Clare Youngs. This book provides many hours of projects based on recycling old books into pop-up books, altered books and upcycled projects. The instructions are simple and easy to follow with great illustrations of finished projects and samples of other work by other artists. These three books will soon be added to my library and I will be sitting down with a good cup of coffee in hand to enjoy and dream of the many hours of creativity they will provide. They are all available from your local bookstore or at www.amazon.com!
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Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!