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Artists' Books Guide

This guide is all about artists' books, their history, and how to make them.

Where to begin

Before making your artist book, it is helpful to ask these questions:

  • What will my book be about?
  • Will there be text, and if so, will I write it myself?
  • Will the images be printed ahead of time or painted/drawn directly onto the page?
  • What materials do I need?
  • What folding or binding methods do I want to use?


Adapted from: Artists’ Books – Making Books by Hand by Brea Black

Binding Basics

Historical Bindings

Stitch Gallery

Pamphlet Stitch

Pamphlet Stich

Source: Gareth Morgan, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0

Japanese Stab Stitch

Japanese Stab Stitch

Source: Krissy and Dennis, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Accordion Binding

Accordion Binding

Source: Paola, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Dos-a-dos Binding

Dos-a-dos Binding

Source: Emma Jane Hogbin Westby, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Coptic Stitch

Coptic Stitch

Source: Andy Mangold, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Long Stitch

Long Stitch

Source: Betsian, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Secret Belgian Binding

Secret Belgian Binding

Source: Dennis Yuen, Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0

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