Here is another great craft to explore for wedding projects. I hope this post is helpful if you want to make your own guest book, or special gifts for your wedding party - or if you want to find an expert binder to work with. Let's start with the experts.
I stopped by Paper Dragon Books recently to watch as bookbinder Gavin Dovey created a custom wedding album. The style was based on the design of the mother of the bride's own wedding album, a lovely vintage white cover with guilded edges. Paper Dragon has a brand new storefront in Manhattan and produces custom book and letterpress projects.
A friend of mine recently went to specialty bookbinder Sara Auster when she wanted to have a book project designed for her husband-to-be. She printed out all the emails she had exchanged with her fiance in making their wedding plans, and had Sara bind them into a hardcover book. Very old meets new, and a great gift idea.
Nancy Loeber is one of my favorite collage artists, and she also creates the most gorgeous book projects. She incorporates collage and hand-stitching into many of her covers, which make each project completely unique. Check out her website and blog to see some previous projects.
Now onto learning how to create your own books. Below is a list of classes to learn the craft of bookbinding. And please email me here if you know any more!
The Paper Studio
The American Academy of Bookbinding
Hyde Park Art Center
Briar Press Classified
Paper Dragon Books
Center for Book Arts
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
San Francisco Center for the Book
Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts
Finally, there are so many talented book artists to choose from if you're looking to support an independent artist. Here is just some of the great work I found while prowling around Etsy.
And I'm sounding like a broken record, but please let me know if you'd like to add any tips or suggestions.