Book of the Week: “Eat/Gather”

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A big shout out to Alanna Macgowan for her book, Eat/Gather. The book documents Alanna’s M.F.A. thesis, which explored the connection between culture and food, and drew upon interviews with second-generation Japanese Americans, also known as Niseis.

What we love about this book – in addition to the gorgeous two-page spreads and innovative design – is that it’s part of a larger multimedia project including an interactive museum exhibit, a website, and a three-volume series of handmade books. To get a peek at the exhibit, take a look at this video. Alanna’s work is featured about midway into the two-minute video.

Alanna reports that she got quite a few requests for copies of her handmade books after the exhibit. Since creating them takes considerable time and money (the books are french-folded with fold outs and sewn bindings), she’s planning on creating Blurb book versions that she can share and sell.

To make her Blurb book, Alanna used the PDF to Book workflow, our bookmaking tool for creative pros using Adobe® InDesign®. As for her top bookmaking tip, Alanna suggests making miniature and full-size mock-ups, and lots of them. She feels this is true for any print work, but especially important for publications.

Thanks, Alanna. Great book and fantastic project!

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  1. This Eat/Gather book is phenomenal ! Great content and innovative presentation by Alanna MacGowan !

    By Bill Makimoto
      August 18, 2010 – 4:42 pm   Permalink
  2. I have see the handmade books in person and they are fabulous and not only a beautifully designed book, but also great attention to details in her craft. The three books are a work of art. She’s a design goddess!!

    By Gale Okumura
      August 18, 2010 – 5:31 pm   Permalink
  3. Hi Alanna-
    This is an amazing piece of art and what a big accomplishment!! I can see a lot of love, creativity, and hard work went into this project. It’s such a great idea and what a wonderful legacy to have for other generations to share!! Looks like you’ve inherited your Mom’s artistic ability:) I have purchased your book-what a keepsake. Keep creating……….
    Love and best of luck,
    Patti Uratsu

      August 19, 2010 – 9:15 am   Permalink
  4. Oh Wow!…….knew you were blessed with such outstanding talent!….The books are so unique in that you used your heritage information and especially including your Bachan’s photos……that is so special that you are able to share with her. Your talents will take you afar…….looking forward to seeing more of your “masterpieces”! Great Work.

    By gerrie nixon
      August 19, 2010 – 7:42 pm   Permalink
  5. I am surprised to read your book. You are great Alanna! Your art is amazing! Great content and innovative presentation in your book. Thanks for sharing. Best of luck for your next step…

      August 19, 2010 – 11:35 pm   Permalink

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