|Part of the Reference Library at the Center|
|Some books on type|
A great section of the reference library is the books on different styles of bookbinding. When I first took a class at the CBA, I was amazed that there were differences between flat-back and round-back books (the book covers on modern, mass-produced books always hide the details). Looking in the library, that isn't even the beginning. A student last week had a very specific idea for a book that would open two ways but was not sure how to approach it. After some time in our reference library, she went home with pages full of notes and ideas on how to craft just what she was looking for—along with how to craft many books she never even knew existed before.
There are also plenty of books on paper arts, including paper making, paper crafts, paper detailing, and paper marbling. Different techniques and projects are described, including making textured paper with onion skins, embossed writing paper, and paper sculptures. My all-time favorite is a pair of dainty blue shoes made entirely from paper!
The reference books all range from the basic to the complex, including volumes on designer bookbinding and letterpress techniques, many of which are employed in the works of art we show on exhibition. If you see a type of accordion book you want to try, odds are, we have a book on that. If you like a specific way of printing the cover of a book before binding it, odds are we have a book on that, too. So stop on by and check them out! You're guaranteed to be informed, inspired, and ready to try something new.
It is important to note, however, that our reference library is just that: books can be looked at for reference by anyone visiting the Center, but cannot be checked out. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but in order to be fair to all our visitors and artists, we ask you to take a seat in the bindery, take some notes, and return the book when you are finished. That way they are here for everybody! Thank you very much!
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