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Ever wonder how a book is made, outside of the huge factory production of regular publishing? This video by Abigail Uhteg, a 2007 graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, shows how. She had an artists' book residency at the Women's Studio Workshop (Rosendale, NY) this summer and produced a small edition (35 copies) of a book with etchings, letterpress, and handmade paper. While printing and binding the book, she took 3,000 photos of the process and made them into a video. 

Check it out here. You can also find out more about her work at her website and learn more about the programs at the Women's Studio Workshop.

There will be an exhibition of artists' books created at Women's Studio Workshop in the 2nd floor Art and Print Galleries at Parkway Central,  from January 19 through February 24, 2010.

 

 

By Karen L.

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Mon, November 30, 2009
This is a great video. I love that the library has highlighted bookmaking as an art! The physical beauty of books like Abigail's is something that won't ever be replaced by digital technology
Andrew - Fayette County
Sat, January 09, 2010
I believe that these kind of small businesses that will save the nation from its recession. Sammy @ Sample Wedding Speech
Sammy
- IJ
Sat, January 09, 2010
Nice post, I'm thinking of opening a production house myself. Mike
Mike IJ - California
Wed, January 20, 2010
That's a fantastic video. Takes me back to my university days of self . Such a long process for 35 books, but I'd take a copy over a mass produced lifeless print anyday.
Darryn - Liverpool, England
Wed, January 20, 2010
That's a fantastic video. Takes me back to my university days of self printing. Such a long process for 35 books, but I'd take a copy over a mass produced lifeless print anyday.
- Liverpool, England
Fri, January 22, 2010
I knew it.
Antony - Scranton
Fri, January 22, 2010
I knew it.
Antony - Scranton
Fri, January 22, 2010
I knew it.
- Scranton
Sun, February 07, 2010
Thanks, good information.
Fanvan020 - Holland
Fri, May 28, 2010
I think that this country can use more mom and pop style businesses like this one. This article is full of great ideas for a small business.
Sports Apparel - Whittier Ca.
Fri, May 28, 2010
This article is quit interesting and inspiring for artist like myself. http://sportsapparelsuperstore.com/About.php
http://sportsapparelsuperstore.com/About.php - Norwalk Ca.
Mon, August 02, 2010
The tactile experience of a quality book is hard to beat. There's still room for this kind of thing, even in the instant digital age we live in. James @ Sample Wedding Speech
James
- NY
Wed, September 29, 2010
A wonderful visual reminder of the kind of traditional craftsmanship that built this great country! Keep up the good work. Joe @ - PA
Joe - PA
Wed, September 29, 2010
A wonderful visual reminder of the kind of traditional craftsmanship that built this great country! Keep up the good work. Joe @
Joe - PA
Thu, September 30, 2010
Excellent video - highly deserving of 75,000 YouTube views to date - fascinating - thank you. Jeff

Jeff - DC
Thu, October 28, 2010
After watching the video, I was so impressed on how much work and complex to make a single book, wonder how much would they make per copy. Love it! I want to share this link or videos for others to see. Joanne Lim
Joanne Lim - Hong Kong
Thu, March 31, 2011
Modern book production came about as a result of the invention of printing press. Although the invention of printing most likely occurred earlier in China as well, the introduction of movable type and the printing press to Europe is credited to Johann Gutenberg of Germany. How a book is made @
Natalie Stone - UK
Thu, March 31, 2011
Interesting story.
Ellan - Manchester
Mon, August 08, 2011
The old way of making books is so remarkable. The way books are produced now with digital printing is so boring. Thanks for the great information
Raphael Coccia - Rochester NY
Thu, June 14, 2012
I am new to this blog and hope to circulate some of what I have read to my customers of my . Managers and business owners can find value in this.
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