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as most of you know, i have been working on a phenominal collaboration with debrina, lisa j, kim and lisa s called “pulp redux” — it’s an altered book collaboration.  due to illness and moving and family in town, kim’s book arrived to me a bit later than the others had received theirs, but i have been working away and finally have the first two pages to share.  first though, a slight deterrence.  when kim’s book arrived i was so utterly surprised to find four tissue-wrapped gifts inside the box, each a different colour.  we were each supposed to pick one.  after much hemming and hawing and running my fingers over each of the packets, i picked the blue one.  inside, was this most magnificent fabric collage from that sweet lady which contains the quote from her book as well as one of the images:

fabric collage, astralia, kim, merlin's musings

copyright kim palmer of merlin's musings

now, if you have not looked already, please go see THIS POST and THIS POST and THIS POST to view kim’s book as i received it.  so magnificent!  (read in reverse order if you want to see it properly sequential)

and to my contribution(s) to her book, fragments, vestiges and remains.
part one of two.

although i am not entirely done with the first two pages of kim’s book, i felt i should post an update nonetheless. when i finish the remaining page(s) i will post a few more updates of these.

in short, this two-page spread is about the portland underground, or shanghai tunnels, which were inhabited by white slavers and other nasty people around 160 years ago. they would kidnap men and women and sell them into slavery, prostitution, etc.  on page one, you have della’s story — a young lady who was unsuspectingly snatched, and her sister’s efforts to find her.  on page two, a wee bit of history and a trap-door such as the ones the “shanghaiers” dropped people down after nabbing them.

altered book, pulp redux, kim, merlin's musings, fragments, vestiges and remains

the little glass door is not currently attached, nor is the diary behind it, but they will be tonight.  i am first coating a layer of the copper tape with wax, and then carving into it like i do in my wee apothecary bottles.

altered book, pulp redux, kim, merlin's musings, fragments, vestiges and remains

that stupid white string on the right is NOT supposed to be there.

altered book, pulp redux, kim, merlin's musings, fragments, vestiges and remains

della’s sister stitched a small red heart onto the page as a tribute to her love for her.

altered book, pulp redux, kim, merlin's musings, fragments, vestiges and remains

page two displays the darkness of the portland underground.  a pocket atop the page holds photos from 160ish years ago.

altered book, pulp redux, kim, merlin's musings, fragments, vestiges and remains

bottom was fashioned to look like one of the trap doors — or at least function like one.  underneath is a history of the portland underground, or shanghai tunnels — which i haven’t written yet.

altered book, pulp redux, kim, merlin's musings, fragments, vestiges and remains

here are some of the photos:

altered book, pulp redux, kim, merlin's musings, fragments, vestiges and remains

you can actually read about it and see several more photos here on the pulp redux blog.  after doing a long post over there i’m feeling a tad on the lazy side with retelling of stories and reposting of images.

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i spent a bit of time working on my book for the pulp redux collaboration today, and took better photos.  you can read more about it there and see larger photos, but here are a few peeks.

the title of my book is “the museum of forgotten things”.  some of these things are obvious, some are not… to anyone other than me.

page one: the frozen charlotte page.  the pearly moony piece is from my sweet friend debs, as is the lacy background.  much of the other fabric is from my sweet friend lisa.  i loved that i could include things from both of them, particularly because they are two of the amazing ladies i’m doing this international altered book collaboration with.

frozen charlotte altered book page, pulp redux

the little frame piece is painted, covered in beeswax, then painted again, and the backing that the charlotte is on is a mica sheet.  that part is double-hinged so you can see/read the charlotte poem beneath.

frozen charlotte altered book page, hinged handmade book

page two is about a lady… you can read about her in a previous post here.  the photo of the man is not the one that is supposed to be there — i lost him and replace him when i get the book back late next year.  i guess it doesn’t really matter what guy is in there though since he’s dead anyway, but i liked the other dude’s creepy mustache. the stripey burned fabric is a piece of his shirt and blah, blah — you’ll get it when you read everything as it all pertains.

obituary, diary pages, altered book, handmade book

sparing you page three for now.

page four is annoying me because the top opens, then the middle opens and that means four times more work BUT it’s fun and i like it.  it tells a story without words… that’s kind of dark but very personal for me as well.  i’m already sharing too much.  (she is from one of my collage sheets — i cheated)

anatomical imagery, altered book, handmade book, female, cervis, uterus

opened peek:

altered book, handmade book, anatomical imagery, altered bits collage sheet, book within a book

this is an old side view of the book.  i need to take a new one.  between every paper-page for everyone will be a foam core page for extra play room.  all pages will have the little loops and sticks (7 total) and i’ll, of course, stitch everything together once i get home.  i think it will be a foot thick by then (30.something centimeters for those of you who don’t know what a foot is).  ((that is an ongoing semi-inside joke — i’m not being a bitch, promise.))

stick binding, piano binding, handmade book, altered book collaboration, mixed media art

more peeks coming soon: pages five and six, and the cover.  i will be shipping this off to debrina next, in a day or three.  in the meantime go look at everyone else’s books on the pulp redux blog.

on a completely irrelevant note, except that it’s a book, lemony snicket’s first in the series of unfortunate events (the bad beginning) is now free online, here.  my little guy and i read all 13 books and althought dark and depressing at times, really enjoyed them.  actually i lie.  we read 12.5 of the books together and i finished the 13th on my own.  short version: daniel handler, er, i mean lemony snicket, was doing a book signing at a local book store.  i surprised little guy by taking him there.  he now hates lemony because he is an “asshole who doesn’t know how to appropriately joke with children” (a direct quote from my son after asking if he could get a “bad word free pass”).  anyway, good book so if you have kids or whatever, it’s free now.

i love group projects!  my friends kerin (who also has photos posted of hers — darkey’s dream), jo and rachel (look for her traveling circus post to see hers) and i had an idea to do four group projects together.  each of us started a small assemblage and will be sending it to each of the others to add to and work on.  how much fun this is!

mine had a bit of a mishap while i was packing it up to send a few days ago and fell face down on the floor breaking many of its bits.  i’ve just finished repairing it today and will be sending it first to rachel.  it’s soooo difficult for me to leave things undone but i succeeded and left lots of room to do lots of things.  clearly the inside of the tin needs lots of love and attention.  paint?  collage?  things?  who knows how it’ll turn out.  peeks so far:

Ive since added a wee bit more but not too much

I've since added a wee bit more but not too much

How the little specimen bottle is held in

How the little specimen bottle is held in

Close up of tazidermy eye

Close up of taxidermy eye

If you take off his crown, you can see his brain

If you take off his crown, you can see his brain

If you open the hinged tin, you find a very grungy old-looking book (it will hold all his secret findings and info on his specimens, i think)

If you open the hinged tin, you find a very grungy old-looking book (it will hold all his secret findings and info on his specimens, i think)

One page has a big grommet, and through it you can just mae out a wee fetus.

One page has a big grommet, and through it you can just make out a wee fetus.

This is all thats on the post-grommet page so far.

This is all that's on the post-grommet page so far.

there are so many things i’ve been wanting to add but i will see how it comes back to me after the girls work on it and perhaps there will still be room or perhaps not.  i have a huge amount of those old double headed nails, all rusty and pretty (i have no idea what they are called) that i wanted to poke out around the top and make into a hanger of sorts, have a little handle i was going to put on to use to open the hinged tin but yeah, i’m waiting on all of that.  the girls will do such a fabulous job, i already know.  i’m very excited!  can’t wait to work on their projects either.  i’ll post photos when i’m done maybe.  🙂

oh yeah, here is the close-up of the specimen bottle:

Close up of bottle.  Wish you could see the actual specimen -- bad angle.

Close up of bottle. Wish you could see the actual specimen better.

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