As a member of the San Diego Book Arts this is a question I hear often and the answer is quite broad.
Most folks think of book arts as hand made book structures, with front and back covers and interior pages, made much like the books we read or journal in. But book arts is broad. If you are a pinner (Pinterest) and follow “book arts” you will quickly see that a book can come in MANY forms and the creations are fascinating and sometimes very complex. Have a look here at the Book Arts Winners 2015 for some amazing samples.
One of my favorites is Candace Hicks’, String Theory: Volume III, in which the text and images are entirely rendered in thread.
Another cool example is Guylaine Couture, Awake in the waste.
And a beautiful accordion folded book, by Vesna Kittelson, called Mrs. Darwin’s Garden, Book Four.
Check out my Pinterest Board for samples.
Pictures above are a few things I have done…