Fine Books: Carolyn Whitesel

For artist Carolyn Whitesel, books are more than words on paper; they are works of art that showcase the book itself. In this video segment, she shows accordion-fold books (books made with pleated pages) she has created and talks about the advantages of accordion binding. Her creations include shaped books containing photographs, marbled paper, and collaged word poems; a book in a box; and pop-up books featuring cut-paper topiaries and humorous hands.

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