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pardon me, but omfg!  i received the most delectable, most divine, most gorgeously, stunningly beautiful parcel EVER last week (or the week before)!  what is it, you ask?  my book from the pulp redux collaboration!  for those who don’t know, the pulp redux collaboration is/was an international handmade/altered book collab with five gals: two from the US (lisa jurist and myself), two from new zealand (debie price-ewen and lisa sarsfield) and one from austrailia (kim palmer).  we each started our own books, and each participant created pieces to go into said books in the theme of the originator.  to see all of our contributions to date, visit the pulp redux blog.  my book’s title is “the museum of forgotten things”.

i had had the privilege of seeing all of my completed pages after lisa j. worked her divine magic as she sent it to me so i could post it all to austrailia.  so, kim’s contributions were new to me.  and omg, she created the most amazing things for my book!!  not only is it a book, all bound in gorgeous leather, but it’s a HUGE art quilt when you unfold it!  i cannot say or share too much as we’re having an unveiling exhibit in a few months, but i’ll share a peek.

in the spirit of stacks (see previous post), i will share this photo first.  i took this a mere 7 minutes after the book arrived a couple/few weeks ago and planned to post it all right that very second.

pulp redux book collaboration, alicia caudle

initially, we were all going to bind our completed books into one huge book, but this thing is TALL.  so, i have decided that although it’s a bit more work, it will be easier to view and enjoy if i bind them in volumes.  both deb’s and kim’s are pretty self-contained so i may just bind the other three.  then, i shall be getting a 2 foot wall shelf to display them on in my living room — i am so in love with all of the amazing work that has gone into this!!

look how tall it would be if i bound it into one huge book (i still may, but the volume idea sounds so cool!):

pulp redux book collaboration, mixed media books

here’s a cheater shot of each of the five pieces laid out on my couch:

pulp redux book collaboration, mixed media books

i am slowly but surely finishing lisa j’s book.  i’m not trying to go so slow but that is life sometimes… waiting for pieces once i find the perfect “thing” online, etc.  i HOPE to send it to her within the next couple of weeks.  how many times i’ve said that i do not know, but it will happen before the holidays, that is for dang sure!

how tall is your tallest book or art journal?  (i actually have a reason for asking — check back in a few days for my splendid and huge collaboration idea i’ve been toying with for a few months.)

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i have just completed my additions to kim palmer‘s book fragments, vestiges and remains for the pulp redux collaboration and oh my, has it been such an honor to work in her GORGEOUS book.  you can check out her blog posts to see all of the pages and details, but here is the cover if by some weird freak of nature you’ve missed it:

kim palmer's cover of fragments, vestiges and remains from the pulp redux collaboration
not a huge amount has changed in the book, but i’ve finished up all of the outstanding bits and pieces, adding a bit more detail and texture and small elements here and there.

one of the additions was a beeswax and acrylic frame around the copper tape i had edged the glass door with on the first page.

bees wax and acrylic paint covered copper frame around glass door in altered book

maybe you can see it a little better here:

bees wax and acrylic paint covered copper frame around glass door in altered book

the door opens up to reveal a photo of della, a young lady who was captured in the victorian era of portland, oregon (where i’m from) and taken down into the portland underground/shanghai tunnels and held captive before being sold into prostitution.  behind her photo are journal pages from her sister who wrote in attempts to find sollace in her despair.  you can read more about it in my initial post on these pages here.

i just LOVE how kim’s glass bottles with scrolls flow with my page ever so perfectly.  it looks so intentional.

glass bottles, scrolls, altered book, collaboration

here is the whole page, actually in the book this time:

altered book page, history, collaboration, art, portland, oregon
i had a super huge scare along the way in that i opened, dropped and thus spilled some red alcohol ink on my second page.  it’s nowhere near THIS crimson in person (thank you, flash!) and i rather like it.  i was quite pleased.  the area is about the size of a US quarter and rather looks like blood.  quite befitting AND i’m sooooo very glad it didn’t land on the white page or the book (they were on the other side of the room, in a box — accident prone girls like me must work this way).

altered book blood, portland underground, shanghai tunnels
after i finished the black page, i was pretty bummed that it felt top-heavy.  there was a bit more space on the bottom and not enough space on the top.  i accounted for everything except the photos that were going to be in the top pocket.  i fixed this by stitching and embroidering some linen — black and black — and putting it along the top.  i cut the bottom to fit the book and perfecto!

black fabric collage, altered book page, shanghai tunnels, portland underground, photos

when we very first started this collaboration, before i had finished my pages (well, i’m still not finished but before we sent out) and prior to even having kim’s book, i had the idea of buying five of something, i wasn’t sure what, so that i could put one in each of the books.  i went to lots of antique and thrift stores, scoured etsy and ebay but since i didn’t know what i was looking for i couldn’t find it.  i decided to just stop looking and POOF, it appeared.  mr. seth apter mentioned in his blog that he had posted the first pieces in a series of art elements he would be selling in his etsy shop.  check that out here: http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2010/02/proceedings.html i saw them and i KNEW i had to get five and use one in each book.  not only are these elements extremely cool, they are from seth who we all adore.  it felt doubly befitting to use them.

copper x art element from seth apter
my camera’s flash is messing with me again… and you!  the x is actually distressed, but you cannot tell here so well.  i thought it was a perfect completion for the page, both visually and symbolically.

here is the whole, completed second page.  there is a stray element in the photo — that green patina piece.  not sure how that got in there or if i like it.  lisa, let me know if it’s on the page when you receive the book.  if it’s ugly, could you please yank it off??  this is so mysterious.

altered book page, portland underground, shanghai tunnels
see though — the red isn’t that hot and crazy as the previous photo.

my two-page spread, all attached in the book and ready to go:

two altered book pages, black, white, page spread
i just love the side views of this book!  kim’s going to have her work cut out for her if he’s going to want to re-bind it all.  i do think she will want to as once it’s completed i think it will resemble a star burst more than a book.  🙂  it’s gorgeous none the less!

fragments, vestiges, remains, altered book, kim palmer, merlin's musings
towards the beginning of the book, kim has a sweet page with five chains for each of us to add a charm.  hers is the friendship coin and key, mine is the heart.  i searched and searched for a human heart as that is so very “alicia” but was unable to find one.  i still intend to.  the red is velvet from my favorite childhood doll’s dress that i carefully tied on.

heart milagro, charms, altered book
i forgot to take photos of each of the books within the book: the diary pages behind the photo of della on the “white” page and the history of the portland underground under the trap door on the “black” page.  maybe i can con one of the girls into taking some for me.  assembling those were part of the most time consuming aspects of the book, but so much fun!  the pages are aged with instant coffee and made to look very old.  they look pretty darn cool if i do say so myself.  under the trap door page, there is a pocket within the book with an aerial map of the portland area from that era.  how did i forgot to photograph all of that??

i now have deb’s book and have already started in on it: though the eye glass.  so check back soon as i’ll have images to post… now that i’m pretty much not on my death bed any longer.

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