Little Paper Planes

With holiday gifts on the mind, we visited several sites that sell affordable artists' books, perfect for stuffing the stocking! Be sure to check out the fun zine selection at Little Paper Planes. The problem with the site it that it doesn't tell us much about the content of these books. Readers must buy after viewing just a page or two from each selection.

Unfortunately, the last zine, the Bad Ass zine, the one we know most about, is sold out. We have one in our own collection and it never fails to bring a smile to our face. How could it not? Maybe it is the selection of stickers, perhaps it is the reference to childhood favorites like Darth Vader, Wonder Woman, and Skelator- whatever it is, we love this Bad Ass Pack.

The Complications zine by Zachary shows delicate images that document victims of a strange sprouting ailment. The book is bound in brown butcher paper with the simplest of stitches. The book also comes with two buttons. If you can't get enough of Zachary, he also sells t-shirts (available on the Little Paper Plane site) that display images from his zine work.

At Night, a zine by Marci Washington, is everything sweet and delightful. The book contains 24 pages of black and white images, including lovely but sad ladies and spooky owls.


Bookshelves and more

There are some wonderful things being presented on the design*sponge guest blog. With our recent posting on cut paper, we thought our readers might enjoy some of these lovely items:

One of the most difficult items to purchase for the home is a distinctive piece of furniture to house your books. Didier and Clotilde of Presse Citron have designed an intricately framed bookshelf that hangs on the wall. For those interested in the book as art, this seems like it would be the perfect gift. They come in three different versions and three colors: pink, black, and white. You can read more about Presse-Citron at the Three Layer Cake website.

Another fun gift idea are these two hanging chandeliers designed by Louise Henderstrom, for Belysningsbolaget. Like the work of Tord Boontje, these laser-cut lights are fanciful, functional, and well-designed. These particular examples present an interesting dialogue between the delicacy of constuction and the use of cut paper versus more precious materials, like silver and crystal.


Book Project

If you haven't been inspired in a while, check out Book, a collaborative sketchbook exchange between two artists in Brooklyn and two in Belfast. The book was sent among the participants for thirty-six weeks. An artist would receive the book on Wednesday and have five days to complete a page spread before sending it out the following Monday. The result is a collection of beautiful drawings and paintings. The artists did not communicate during the exchange, but came together after its completion to talk about the inspiration for each page. Excerpts from their conversion were recorded and played at exhibitions in New York and Belfast (and can be heard on the website). A hardcover reproduction of the book can be bought here.


Many Interpretations

There is a wonderful show at the Chicago Public Library from September 30th, 2006 to April 15th, 2007. The exhibition is part of the One Book, One Chicago program, which encourages Chicago readers to discuss literature city-wide, one book at a time. Ten works of literature were chosen by the Chicago Public Library and the City of Chicago. Bookbinders and book artists responded to the selections, each designing their own binding. Click here to see the pdf of the show's catalogue.


Beyond Words

For all you Southernerns out there, "Beyond Words", an international exhibition of artists' books, will be held at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. A roundtable discussion on form and content will be held on Thursday, November 30th, at 6 PM. The discussion will include guest curator Ruth Rogers and book artists Carolee Campbell, Jeffrey Morin, Jacques Fournier, and Julie Puttgen.

18 Rabbit

This silkscreened artist's book by Robin Weinert contains playful images that sweep throughout its pages. The cover is made of a wool blanket and stitched around its edges. There are 30 editioned copies available.