in case you're not as obsessed as i am with chronicle books (and being from the world of publishing, believe me, this obsession has been spanning years at this point), brace yourself, because you are about to be. ok ok, i realize that not everyone is super interested in paper, or crafting, or learning how to make out-of-this-world landscapes using only a blank sheet of printer paper and an x-acto knife, but after looking, peeking into these two books, i believe that even the biggest skeptic can be converted.
both paper + craft (out now!) and paper cutting (available for pre-order only) are gorgeously designed books, with inspirational art (high art, mind you - expensive materials be damned), templates and helpful how-tos. you too can become a paper artist! or, at least, find some justification in all those little piles of randomly folded or cut or doodled on pieces of notebook paper slowly taking up space on your kitchen counter. or, even further, have something to hold out as proof to your parents that perhaps art school wasn't such a flippant idea after all!
regardless, they're both gorgeous. with gorgeous collaborators behind each of them. designed by gorgeous people. at a gorgeous publishing house. in gorgeous san francisco. did i mention it snowed in chicago yesterday? well, with these two shiny and new bundles of bound paper to look at in the meantime, i'm sure spring will pull its head from the sand and show its face soon enough.
also i just wanted to put it out there that my own bookcase is at this current moment sorely lacking in these two specific titles, and it could really use some help in filling those gaps.