Summer arrives on Sunday which is also Father's Day and a great reason to buy some great artist's books and plan on doing some creative projects over the summer. With reduced work days during the summertime and increasing daylight hours, this writer takes the opportunity to create and produce. But, let's cover some fun Father's Day gift ideas. Take a look at Vamp and Tramp's website for their online catalog entitled Body Parts: Book Pages. Here's the link: http://vampandtramp.com/html/home.html There are some great ideas if Dad loves special gifts that can be read and enjoyed time after time. Each one is unique and contains a body of information (couldn't resist that wordplay!)...also, check out their other online catalogs of $50. and Under for some other great gift ideas for Dad! Another great book to get that special Father is a gift certificate to your local bookstore or a magazine subscription to his favorite publication. Books and magazines make the best gifts for avid readers and they can pass the books and magazines on, or peruse them at their own pace. And, for the bookmaker at heart, try out some of my favorite authors for their great publications: Esther K. Smith, Gabrielle Fox, Alisa Golden and Gwen Diehn. All are available through your local bookstore or at amazon.com. Also, for more hands-on experiences, check out some of the local book arts centers like The Center for Book Arts in New York City, NY, Pyramid Atlantic, Baltimore, MD, and The San Francisco Center for the Book in San Francisco, CA. They all offer great weekend and weekday workshops and classes with great teachers. I've taken many and have learned through a classroom environment as the students bring a great wealth of knowledge and insight. Another fun-filled way to learn book arts is to check out YouTube for videos by various artists and bookmakers. These little videos show some great structures for free and can be paused and replayed to learn in the best environment, your own studio or home! That's if for now, so enjoy the longer days and warmer weather ahead! Happy Father's Day to all those great men and women in our lives!
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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!