blanklayer asked: Hi there, I was wondering if you knew any information specializing in green/Eco-friendly book designs (covers, binding, paper etc)?
Good question! Book arts practice can be an extremely green if you think creatively. First off, there’s a number of book-making tutorials and projects using recycled materials throughout my archive. This includes making books with pages of used envelopes, letters, phone books, recycled paper, bark, newsprint, leaves, grass, bubble-wrap, cards, collected receipts, shopping lists, old postcards, tea, coins, secondhand fabric etc. I’ve seen many artists take books which have been falling apart and restore them, or salvage beautiful old book covers and apply them to their own bookworks (check out most altered book projects!)
Why make books using traditional covers when you can make them from seashells, coconuts, buttons, hinges, playing cards (or pokemon!), cds/floppy disks, scrabble, vinyl records, vhs tapes, cassette tapes, driftwood, vintage boxes, lego… anything you can think of really!
Finally, for those less adept at book-making/binding, AND publishing (based in Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, but I’m sure there’s other places worldwide) will turn you projects into books for you, with the option to use entirely recycled paper.
Anyone got any great eco-friendly book arts related websites to suggest? x