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[BKARTS] core skills

my perspective comes entirely from the underground art world.

i see many women particularly who got into this scrapbook thing. they
all got rubber stamps and someone told them they could cut and paste.
this was/is quite the fad and there was a resurgence of "craft" with
paper. along came the altered book crowd. i know this is the anti-book
craft! it is based on de- and/or re-construction of books, structure
AND texts! the skills here are more homespun and terribly
commercialized! pearly paints, embossing powders, strange and handmade
papers, old antique ephemera, you name it. the books are being
altered...plain and simple. i cannot believe how the newsgroups for
this type of book/artwork has grown. in the 5 years i have been doing
my own altering, i have seen some women come to the surface and lately
there is talk of publishing some artsy craftsy type instruction books
of how to alter a book. these people do not seem like they are
interested in traditional things. mostly they are interested in
personal expression and individualization.
however, that isn't to say that this vast hobby-type crowd would not
embrace these techniques! i have seen elaborate posts on the ins and
outs of many bizarre and archaic media and techniques!
it seems as though there is a vast separation between the more
traditional book craft and this mainstream event. i don't think the 2
paths are that far from each other!  book craft IS book craft. but it
evolves like anything else. traditional sewing techniques are also
evolving. isn't this a natural progression?
too bad there isn't a way to feed on the enthusiasm of this large
segment of people that like to do individual work on books. i know i
would appreciate the knowledge to create a very fine and hand tooled
leather cover! and so many of these people spend lots of money going to
workshops and all that learning how to deconstruct and reconstruct.
isn't way for these 2 things to converge?

On Oct 29, 2003, at 12:08 AM, Automatic digest processor wrote:

The danger I see is that the core skills associated with
traditional binding, skills such as gold tooling and finishing, working
with leather/vellum, which will die out if not passed on.

I don't think that this situation is unique to the North America
The way the craft is being taught and practiced is changing world wide.
While it has become much more accessible, much has also been lost.

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