[Table of Contents] [Search]

[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: Book Art vs. Book Arts

           See footer at the bottom of this message (or top of
     the digest) for instructions on searching the archive, setting
                  your list options,and unsubscribing.

I hate elitism, but one has only to look at the current crafts scene in =
the U.S.  It has been swamped by "hotglue crafters" who stick a bow on a =
prefabricated teddy bear and think they have made something wonderful.  =
Craft items of all types are often copied by Chinese manufacturers who =
sell cheaper and more cheaply made versions.  These practices have damaged =
the credibility of real crafters who have spent years perfecting their art =
and have something really special to offer the public.  Large segments of =
the population expects cheap imports or a clock glued onto a tree stump =
slice, not an original piece or style of work which costs what it's worth.

Having said that, I do believe bookbinding is too difficult and time =
consuming, and requires too much investment for the hotglue set.  Anyone =
who indulges in bookbinding for more than one attempt should be respected =
for their patience and persistence.  But yes, we hope that anyone who goes =
out to sell their wares will have high-quality books to offer, and sell =
them at a reasonable price.

--Diane Westerfield
  Bindery/Preservation Coordinator
  Loyola University Chicago

            BOOK_ARTS-L: The listserv for all the book arts.
      For subscription information, the Archive, and other related
            resources and links go to the Book_Arts-L FAQ at:

        To unsubscribe, type the following into the message body:
                            UNSUB Book_Arts-L
                        COMMAND MUST BE SENT TO:

[Subject index] [Index for current month] [Table of Contents] [Search]