Here is a brief list of book artists to explore, most of them are bay area local. If you’re interested in artists books I suggest you go to Mills College and look at their book arts collection or follow them on Instagram (see below)! I can get such weird looks by uttering the phrase “artist books” and then I start researching and it’s a rabbit hole of images and websites and collections. Perhaps it’s not the first art form one thinks of, but they are an art form just like painting or sculpture. I respectfully now point you towards a few folks who will help lead you into the world of book arts:
Alisa golden: My professor at CCA, I literally took 3 or 4 classes with her. Her blog is a great resource for learning about bookbinding. I admire how her work is so considered and well-crafted, and that she not only makes books, but she teaches as well as editng and producing a literary magazine, *82 review.
Julie Chen: These books push form and planning to the next level!
Jungle garden press: I’ve always had a weird soft spot for this press, I don’t know much about it, but here it is!
Rae Trujillo: She has so many books! The collage aspects and layers. Books are a great medium for that, and Rae embraces that.
Mills college: The link is to their Instagram page because I follow it and it’s interesting. Mills College here in Oakland, CA actually has an MFA in Book Arts. That’s the whole major’s focus.
SF Center for the Book: A whole institution with classes and programs and a gallery for book arts in the Bay Area!