Very motivated by a couple of book art projects, am devouring several texts by Keith Smith:
Non-Adhesive Binding: Books Without Paste or Glue
Bookbinding for Book Artists
Structure of the Visual Book
I remember as a young dancer, how I only really danced once I didn't have to consciously think about technique. There came a time when I just flowed and lost myself in expression and doing something beautiful. Now, as much as I yearn to be free from the concerns of technique in my book art, I'm reminded not to wish this time of wonder away.
An article profiling "La Sylphide" in today's Washington Post captures the it's-not-about-technique idea nicely. The Royal Danish Ballet's Thomas Lund says, "technique without storytelling is just a whole lot of costumes." In dance and in book arts, I couldn't agree more.