most of the other gals have already posted about this on their blogs so i’m slacking and behind… and you may very well have already checked out our joint blog: pulp redux (i really have to update my thread!). for those of you who don’t know, i am ever so happy to share that i’m doing a fantastically fun international altered book collaboration with five amazingly talented ladies. er, four now, actually. one had to step out of the picture, sadly, due to a family emergency. i have the amazing privilege of playing with debrina (if you know me, you know her!), kim, lisa j. and lisa s. (in alphabetical order — you know me!) our sixth pages will be completed by a guest artist who will not be part of the big collaboration.
some of the girls are starting with pre-existing books or albums of various sorts (which was very cool and smart!) but i opted to make my book from scratch (i seem to like to over-commit myself and get in a bit deeper than necessary sometimes).
my cover is not done as i’m waiting for a parcel of black patina, but here are some sneaky peeks. for now, i’m leaving the book unbound so that i can accommodate it’s anticipated girth upon its return to me late next year.
i have opted to bind the pages with fig twigs and fabric. each of the sticks contain two sets of pages that open up as a book typically does, but fold down on the inside to make for additional arty playground space.
i will do two rows of stitching on the pages between the fabric (which will later be stained, of course), then sew/embroider the sticks a little more steadily into place, then wrapping the sticks with whatever i feel like wrapping them with when the time comes.
the cover is covered with handmade black banana leaf paper, and a 3d piece will sit atop it that’s made of two layers of foam core, the top layer covered in copper sheeting, etc. the hole in the middle will be filled with little mysterious curiosities, such as bugs, bones and mini wax-topped bottles. big surprise, eh? photos of that will come later because currently, the copper is super bright teal and green due to the two day vinegar bath it received and i’d like it to be way more dark (hopefully dick blick sends my black pantina soon!).
i have lined the inside of the covers with red velvet because that felt only right with the title/theme. oh, which i forgot to tell you. whoops. it’s:
The Museum of Forgotten Things
in the back of the book will be a pocket (will sew it on in the end) that will contain a note from each of the participating artists, and perhaps (hopefully!) some sort of trinket or embellishment sewn onto the pocket.
for my second page (first page will be shared later), i have concocted a crazy story about a lady who, in her old age, seemed to have been forgotten as had pieces of her past. i’m not going to give all of that away right now, but this little bundle will fit within a pocket i fashioned like a secret stash of peronal belongings.
i wrote her obituary (which was no small task as i researched geography, fonts used in that era, surnames and origins, first names and origins, modes of transport, professions of the era, etc. and created a whole story. i’m not a writer so it bit me in the arse part way through. this is the back view of the bundle though:
i even wrote two diary pages from this lady, essentially confessing to something she did several years previous that no one had known she had done. yes, the peacock feather ties into the story.
luckily, i had TWO photos of the same mystery lady so was able to include a second photo of her in the bundle to further tell her story.
all of this will be tied together, as displayed above, and will fit into this pocket i’ve started:
the pocket front, of course, will be embellished with more “bits” from her story, but i didn’t finish it yesterday as i had hoped to.
instead, i created a piece of art for a friend. i sure hope he likes it!
now i should go clean house so i can later finish my pocket and post it all on the pulp redux blog!