Bibliocraft

Bibliocraft

A Modern Crafter's Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects

Book - 2014
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Voted a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal
There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. In BiblioCraft , Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources. In Part I, she explains how to take advantage of the riches libraries have to offer--both in person and online. In Part II, she presents 20+ projects inspired by library resources from a stellar designer cast, including STC Craft authors Natalie Chanin, Heather Ross, Liesl Gibson, and Gretchen Hirsch, and Design*Sponge founder Grace Bonney. Whatever the quest--historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators--anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life.
Publisher: New York, NY : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2014
ISBN: 9781617690969
1617690961
Characteristics: 207 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Biblio craft

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Jan 18, 2017

This book is overall beautifully done and a pleasure to look through, but in the end a bit disappointing as far as the actual art projects to look at. The premise of the book is how to look in old library books and archives whether in person or through digitized resources to find inspirations for art projects. The inspiration might come from endpapers, illuminated typeface, illustrations, maps, charts, etc. The first half of the book is an extremely well done guide on how to use libraries to find such sources with very practical tips to help people search. As a librarian I was impressed with the thorough job the author (a librarian at NYPL) did here and hope this guide will help artists discover sources they didn't know existed and break down some of the intimidation factor of visiting a special collections room or calling a library for help. The second half of the book showcased art done by various artists along with the original source it was inspired by. Here I was disappointed. Many of the projects seemed simplistic and not really worthy of the deep dive into archival sources looking for inspiration.

melwyk May 31, 2014

Are you a maker, a crafter, a designer? Do you love free inspiration and resources to help you develop your art work? Then you've got to check out this book by New York Public Library's Rare Books Librarian Jessica Pigza.

Pigza is an expert in unusual books and images found in libraries worldwide. She's also a crafting blogger at Handmadelibrarian.com. Both of her passions meet in this comprehensive and engaging book. Rather than simply using former library books as craft material, Pigza focuses on the creative possibilities for new ideas within library collections themselves.

She begins with an introduction on how to find, search and use library collections for creative purposes, and shares links to digital library sites that contain all kinds of vintage books, images and information, available freely. These links alone make this book invaluable to the modern crafter.

Following the detailed introduction, the second half of the book is made up of examples and instructions for artwork and craft projects developed by a wide range of artists and hobbyists well known in the blogging world. Each uses a different art technique and a different starting point for their creations. There is lots of variety here; techniques range from embroidery and sewing, to papercraft, painting, and more. The chosen artists have used maps, decorative bookbindings, vintage children's books, type specimens, and even soil sample charts to inspire their creations. Whether you're interested in embroidered pillows, personalized stationery, unique coasters or table runners, or even unusual accessories, browsing through the array of projects is sure to spark ideas for your own DIY crafting.

If you're feeling creative after flipping through this book, ask a librarian for help finding hidden treasures in Stratford Public Library's own collection. From a lengthy run of bound National Geographic magazines, to theatre, natural history, or decorative arts books, to our online databases, there are many places to get started!

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