Photo Op by Cherryl Moote



Photo Op by Cherryl Moote



Publisher’s Synopsis

From vintage images to the instant images of the 21st century we are surrounded by photographs. Looking for some great projects to showcase those images? In Photo Op you will find them - simple display options, clever storage projects, fun albums, arty showcases, and heritage albums. Book artists will find that the projects in Photo Op are versatile, allowing them to explore imagery, form and structure in exciting ways. Examples and suggestions given throughout the book act as a springboard for further artistic explorations.

Photo Op includes instructions for 15 projects and countless variations. Instructions are clear and precise, amply diagrammed with line drawings and further illustrated with both black and white and colour photographs of the projects. Included are detailed instructions for:
  • Meishi Photo Folders
  • Freeze Frames
  • Easelback Frames
  • Folded Easels
  • Photo Corners
  • Meandering Corners
  • Photo Cubes
  • Turkish Mapfold Books
  • Origami Pocket Books
  • Photo Carousels
  • Bellows Books
  • Gallery Books
  • Stab Bound Albums
  • Post & Screw Albums
  • Heritage Hinge Albums
Cherryl Moote is a bookbinder, calligrapher, paper artist and Author. Her series of bookbinding books have received high praise for their clear, detailed instructions which allow papercrafters to create books with ease, right from the start. In this book, Cherryl combines her bookbinding expertise with her love of travel photography to offer versatile projects that showcase imagery of all types and vintages.

Introduction to the book by the author
The photographic image has been with us for well over a century, changing the way we view the world. Today, with digital technology, it is even easier to capture images and everywhere you look people are taking photos. And what do we do with all of those images? Our great-grandparents kept their precious handful of family images in equally precious albums. While we still keep our very best pictures and memorabilia in fine albums, we are increasingly looking for other ways to display and contain the endless supply of digital imagery available to us.

In part, this book grew out of my own need to find ways to deal with the truly endless number of photos in my own home. With three family members deeply interested in photography and regularly shooting with both film and digital cameras, I am always looking for ways to display, protect and organize photos. The projects in this book have grown out of that quest.

As usual, my goal is to provide easy-to-follow instructions for the projects. The instructions have been tested by a group of paper artists whose abilities and skills range from beginner to veteran. Based on their recommendations and observations I have then revised the instructions to make them as easy to use as possible. By following the written directions, referring to the diagrams, and taking your time, you should be able to make each project successfully with a minimum of difficulty.

Speaking of difficulty, the projects are loosely arranged by skill level. At the beginning of the book you will find ingeniously simple projects that are perfect for beginners and advanced paper crafters alike. Many of them rely on paper folding skills akin to origami folding but the instructions have been organized and diagrammed in a way more easily understood by western paper crafters. The projects in the middle of the book require some knowledge and proficiency with skills like accordion folding, cutting and assembling but can be managed by dedicated beginners. A few of the projects are advanced, like the covered Post and Screw Album or the Heirloom Hinge Album, and require skills that take time to perfect but, with care, even your first project can be lovely. No matter which project you want to make, here is one rule that applies to all of them: Take time to read the instructions and look at the diagrams before plunging into a project. It is vitally important to read through all of the instructions before you start a project.

As I've said, the strength of my instructions is maximized by the participation of my testing group in the proofing process. Many of my testers will tell you that they really did nothing but they are so wrong. They keep me focussed on writing clearly, and give me the information I need to bring you the best instructions for the projects. The more experienced paper crafters on the team let me know when they think of a better way to do something and they keep me challenged. The courageous participants this time were :
  • Carol Ayers
  • Caroline Disher
  • Ruth Booth
  • Toba Feldman
  • Bella Chang Fong
  • Lynn Lefler
  • Hanna Chalubinski
  • Linda Prussick
  • Lisa Cheung
  • Ann O'Shea
  • Nicole Dell'Aquila
  • Anne Stephens
In addition to her contributions as one of my most willing testers, Lynn Lefler has continued to fill the role of proof-reader, editor and artistic companion during the writing of this book. She would contend that I could do all of this without her. She is wrong.

My family continues to be a great source of expertise and assistance. Brock gives technical support from afar on all things web related. Stan and Victoria have once again taken on the task of photographing all of the project samples. Photographing handmade books and paper folding is challenging and they keep striving to find better ways to arrange and light each project. Even more challenging for them are the shots of my hands as I create the folds and creases that are integral to the creation of so many of these projects. We can only offer you a smattering of colour images in the book but, as usual, we have put all of the photos of the projects up on the web in glorious colour. You can find them at on the gallery page for Photo Op.

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1st edition 2007, ring-bound Pb, 128pp, full of monochrome illustrations, 22 x 28 cm

Photo Op by Cherryl Moote
£24.00 EUR 29.59