Saturday, August 14, 2010

Artist’s Books & Portfolios

I just checked out this beautiful book from the library. It is not a how-to-do-it book but rather an inspiration book filled with 500 amazing and clever handmade books. A couple of my many favorite artists were Lisa Kokin and Elysa Vishell. Not all of the artists have web sites so I highly recommend that you check your library for the book or you can purchase it online at Amazon.

In my current mood of bookmaking, I thought I would like to store my un-matted paintings in some sort of portfolio. Especially the ones on Yupo as watercolor on this surface is so fragile. I bought an Itoya Original Art Portfolio, which has lightweight recycled polypropylene sleeves in it. I stopped at a store on the way home and I did not consider that the heat in my car would ruin this portfolio! I have left my matted work in my van for hours, but I have always used acetate wraps, sleeves and envelopes. I went back to the store and pleaded my case and they were kind enough to give me a store credit. I would hate to think I would have to carry this with me at all times if I was on the road, no lunch or other stops. While I was in the store I checked the other ones and they looked rather suspect. (I noticed they put up a sign since then that all portfolios were non-returnable.) The clerk admitted that the heat might have damaged them in shipment. He went on to say there are certain products they cannot order in the winter because very cold temperature affects them. This is something to think about when ordering anything. I have some acetate envelopes left over from my show days so I think I will try to make my own portfolio using them.


  1. You are always up to creating something useful and innovative Eva, I am curious and eager to have a look at your portfolio, how you have made it.. hope you share a pic here!

  2. Hi padmaja. Yes, I'm good at starting things. It's finishing them that's hard. Somehow it's never as simple as I imagined, but I will post the results if and when it's done :O)

  3. Hi Eva
    I really appreciate hearing about your heat damage discovery. And like Padmaja, I look forward to seeing how you create your solution.
    Good luck!

  4. Hi Donna, I'm glad you benefited from my experience.The portfolio is nice if you keep it in the studio or carry it with you at all times, but that would not suit me. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Great post and thank you for the links. I didn't know Lisa Kokin and her work is just fabulous!

  6. Thanks for commenting Momo Luna. I am please you enjoyed the links and Lisa's work.


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