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At the InsideOut Exhibition, Books Are Judged by Their Covers

The book as a work of art. 

The book as a work of art

The book as a work of art 


In the era of e-readers, ink-on-paper books may not seem all that avant-garde. But to the 575 members of Designer Bookbinders—the world’s foremost bookbinding society—the process of swathing pages is an art unto itself. Fifty-nine such designers have contributed to InsideOut, an exhibit of contemporary bindings of private-press books that incorporate calfskin, gold wire, lace, metals—even salmon skin.

Each binding is inspired by the tome within: The above creation, by Washington State bookbinder Donald Glaister, contains Circus: The Artist as Saltimbanque, by Walter Bachinski and Janis Butler; the goatskin, wood veneer, Mylar, and painted-aluminum cover is meant to recall a big-top tent.

June 6–July 5, San Francisco Center For The Book, 375 Rhode Island St. (Near 16th St.), 415-565-0545


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco

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