Where artists' books and the book arts meet online...
It's ironic that as the world becomes increasingly digital, as books move toward the e-publishing sphere, the art of handmade books has made a resurgence. I think people today are longing for craft and beauty, for something they can touch and hold, that comes from the hands and heart of another person; something that seems a good distance away from a machine.
In the past few decades, a lot of art and photography has gotten very big and very loud. Books are (generally) of a smaller size. They are compact and contain a lot of visual and textural/aural information. They also preserve artwork extremely well because you can close them up, shielding imagery from sunlight and environmental pollutants.
There is also something private and a bit secretive about taking out a book in your own library or living room (or studio apartment), opening it up and having a delicious experience all to yourself. Like eating half a pie, with nobody present to watch or scold you, or tell you to brush away the crumbs.
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