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Classic bookbinding is an art form like painting or sculpture. --isawbones

"Enough with the hand-wringing over the death of the book. That tidy little piece of technology is having its own quiet heyday, while digital devices mutate madly.

The vitality of the book - as a form - is on spectacular display in the first-ever international competition of about 100 or so handmade books, which are daring, collectible pieces of contemporary art."

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This exhibit was a couple years ago but every couple years Special Collections at SFPL sponsors a handbookbinding exhibit on the 6th floor of the Main Library organized by the Hand Bookbinders of California--wonderful material on display and one of our most popular exhibition events always.

"There seems to be an urge among people to get back to working with their hands - for people of all ages," said Judy Houghteling, a past president of Hand Bookbinders of San Francisco, which hosts an annual "Standards of Excellence" seminar to help pass down bookmaking technique. Glowing computer screens may be portals with seemingly infinite reach, but, Houghteling notes, they offer artists and craftspeople nothing to touch."
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