This section of the research guide was created to supplement the "Building Books By Hand" display in the LSU Main Library. The dates of the display are November 1 - December 31, 2023.
Models of handmade books that flap and stretch and unfold in unexpected ways were made by Caroline Ziegler and Michelle Melancon of LSU Libraries Special Collections. They both are continuously amazed by paper's ability to transform from a flat, everyday material into sculptural and kinetic forms. Using the bookbinding manuals that can be found in the stacks of the Main Library, they created models to inspire anyone to check out a guide, grab some paper, and start making books!
While building the models, the pair was inspired to create a large, playful, wall hanging composed of folds and stitches and the type of movement their book models displayed! In the wall hanging, you'll find accordions, pleats, freeform origami, and sewing using repurposed materials such as used parchment paper, toilet paper wrappers, and packaging material.
You can learn more about the book models displayed by browsing the books featured in this section, or you could sign up for a Book Arts course in LSU's Printmaking Department! In course Art 2381 / Art 4381 Book Arts, students learn how to make a variety of different book structures, experiment with letterpress printing, and visit Hill Memorial Library where they handle and take inspiration from rare and historic books as well as books by contemporary book artists.