Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Join the Club


Welcome to The Book Guild, the second project from The Pulse -- The State of the Art -- a survey in words and pictures of the online artist community. All artists participating in The Pulse were asked to name their favorite art books. In the end, there was a list large enough to create one amazing art library, especially since more than 40 of the artists responded with more than one favorite!


The Book Guild will meet every Sunday, rain or shine. So stop by to be introduced to a whole new library of art-related books. The Guild will be more than just a list however. There will be links, book reviews, giveaways, and interviews with many of your favorite authors. And I promise you that there will be some major events that are guaranteed to knock your handmade socks off!!


Like any good book club, there needs to be members. And that is where YOU come in. I am hoping you will participate by leaving comments related to the books in each post - for example thoughts, book reviews, personal experiences, or a link back to your own blog posts that include artwork based on a project in the listed books.


So join the club and come to The Book Guild. And mark your calendars. The first meeting will be held on Sunday March 28th. See you there!

41 comments:

Healing Woman said...

Wonderful~ Can't wait!

Brian K said...

Seth! What a wonderful idea!

Dawn said...

Seth! You are a genius. What a wonderful idea. I loveeeee poring through art books. I actually had to drive an hour to another bigger city last weekend because I've read all of mine in here :)

haha. Can't wait!

Karin Bartimole said...

What a great idea Seth - and I know you'll do a fabulous job putting this club together!! It will be so rich seeing books and their projects put to the test by real artists. Bravo :)

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

The wait is over. At least it will be soon. I'm really looking forward to this installation of the Pulse. I've recently started reviewing a few art book myself, and I have certainly found which ones are well written and which ones are not.

I am also hoping to read a bit about collaborations in art and craft books. This is a topic that fascinates me. The idea that some artists are paid for their collaborative pieces or contributions to a collaborative book, while others are not, and still others must even pay for photographing their art projects prior to sending them to the publisher. Some must even give up their pattern or design rights.

Not to mention the credits. Some publishers are good to contributors and give them a decent bit of space in the back of the book, including studio addresses and web sites. Others only get their names listed and the pages their projects are on. Although I try to look for books written by a single author, who also designs the projects in the book, more and more art and craft books seem to be going the way of collaborative offerings, with one or two authors' names on the cover.

OK, I wrote a book myself, and I get no credits, except Bleubeard's icon. And we all know, if your name isn't on the cover of the book, you get next to nothing in return. But I am certain I'll truly enjoy the next edition of the Pulse and whatever surprises you might have in store for us. BTW, my socks are not handmade. They sure are warm, though.

Marie-Aimée said...

wonderful project !!

lori said...

I wish we had a title with which to start gearing up. Exciting idea

lyle baxter said...

I'll be there! lyle

*jean* said...

great!

Jill Z said...

What a power house idea! My wheels are already spinning and I'm all geared up!

Evangeline said...

Fantastic idea! I'll be there.

Gillian McMurray said...

Yay for The Book Guild. If it involves books I'll be there ;o)

Lynn said...

Do you have an ever infinite amount of time not alloted to the rest of us? Does your clock have more minutes in a day than mine?
You amaze me sir.
I'll be there.

Chris said...

You know I'm there, baby!!

ArtPropelled said...

Great idea! Count me in!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a winner!
jcanyon@msn.com

cheryl ip said...

wonderful. it's always nice to discover new books!

deb said...

OH BOOKS! Cool, I can't wait

oneartistjournal said...

Sounds like tons of fun Seth!
I hope to find books that are less 'how to' and more published artists journals.
Orly

Jacqui said...

Great idea - see you there

azirca said...

Very cleverly thought out, The Book Guild sounds great. As well as the content, your unique presentation makes The Pulse publications best sellers time and time again!

Lawendula said...

Handmade socks? How did you know? *lol*

Of course I am in. There can't be enough inspiration for me, because unfortunately I cannot go into a bookshop to buy the books you can and we don't have any art books about journal making or altered arts here. It's not popular, as you know.
So I need the www to browse. CU

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

Bliss! I'm keen. Thanks Seth!
Love the pics you chose to go with this post too!

Commuter's Journal said...

I don't know how you do it, Seth, but I'm so glad that you do! This is a genius idea and could even become a conduit through which publishers send you books to review.

I'm looking forward to the meeting. Can I bring anything? Salsa and chips perhaps? ;-)

Marit said...

Marked my calendar Seth... books! YAY!

Leslie said...

You are full of great ideas Seth. I love this. I'll see you there!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am hopeful that it is not too late to join in on the fun in the evolving Pulse book club. I am home from the hospital...modern medicine is truly amazing and I am regaining my strength with each new morning. The headaches are beginning to diminish and with rest and sleep I am on the road to recovery. Have a great weekend and I look forward to the next adventure. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

I am hopeful that it is not too late to join in on the fun in the evolving Pulse book club. I am home from the hospital...modern medicine is truly amazing and I am regaining my strength with each new morning. The headaches are beginning to diminish and with rest and sleep I am on the road to recovery. Have a great weekend and I look forward to the next adventure. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Gaby Bee said...

That sounds gorgeous, Seth! Can't wait to read all the book reviews, because here in Germany I can't go into a bookshop to buy art books as you can. We don't have similar stores like Borders or Barnes and Noble :-((

Dale said...

This sounds like a lot of fun, seth. looking forward to this one.

Jo Archer said...

I'll be bringing the wine! : )

rebeca said...

sign me up! can't wait.

Paula said...

Count me in!

Sharmon Davidson said...

Awesome! You know you can count me in!

alteredbits said...

can never miss a great seth-project. i'm in!

Debrina said...

Great stuff Seth - just following up from your email about this exciting new direction as part of your Pulse project...I can feel a book coming on....

Becky New said...

Sounds WONderful!!! I'll be there too!

A rambling rose said...

I'll be there Seth - looking forward to it! what a great idea! I need to catch up with what you've been up to as haven't had much chance during my rambles in OZ! So I'll put the kettle on and find some yummy biscuits!!

A rambling rose said...

I'll be there Seth - looking forward to it! what a great idea! I need to catch up with what you've been up to as haven't had much chance during my rambles in OZ! So I'll put the kettle on and find some yummy biscuits!!

Kim said...

Catching up, again! Sounds fabulous Seth! I'm in and can't wait to see this next adventure!

Artzy Diva said...

Sounds fabulous to me!