here's a bit of work i've been doing the past few days. i'm painting on book board instead of working with polymer clay covers. it goes a lot faster! i actually continued to work on these for a while, so they don't look the same anymore :) but here's a peek at the process.
it's chilly here in chicago today! brrr! i just was outside for a bit and i needed my coat! it's a good thing i just finished knitting these socks:
i saw my patients in the morning and spent the rest of the day making wee paper books. i want to be ready for the craft fair the first week in october. it was harder than i would have though to make all of these little books. they are a combination of accordion and pamphlet stitch, and were inspired by a book my friend catherine made in a class years ago. i still have to put closures on them all. i'm going to make some more in different colors. i'm quite the little assembly line. i use the antique iron as a weight. the teflon rib/bone folder was created by christine of volcano book arts.
tomorrow i have to get ready for my father-in-law's visit. he's coming for about a week. hopefully i'll have time for some more binding.
i went to a tupperware party today. it was actually a lot of fun! our sales rep, "mr tupperware", made us fajitas in one of these bowls in a jiffy:
and i got one of these containers because he promised that my salad would last a long, long time:
i enjoyed it so much that a friend and i are going to have a party at my house next month.
i did create as well! i'm preparing a bunch of books without polymer, so that i can offer a lower price point. i have a street fair sale at the beginning of october. i gessoed a bunch of boards and was going to take a picture of those, but then i realized just how boring that would be. so, just imagine a bunch of white rectangles.
i played around with some accordion structures today, and think i can whip some of those up. a friend emailed to ask if i would contribute to her gallery's show entitled "on words". so i'm trying to have some images incorporate words. i had a great little collage with a typewriter, some lettered fabric, and wee typewriter keys that spelled "words". when i went to attach it to the book board, the d popped off. a couple of minutes later the r was gone too. now it just says "wos". and i can't for the life of me find those other letters. they will probably show up in november. i think i have some more around here though.
i have a couple of patients tomorrow, but then i should be binding. i may even do a bit now before i go to sleep because i'm not as tired as i should be at this hour.
for some reason i found myself in the children's section of borders last year and found the most amazing pop up book. dinosaurs! it was so elaborate. i bought it for my nephew, but really wanted to keep it for myself.
tonight columbia had a lecture on movable books by the paper engineers of the dinosaur book, robert sabuda and matthew reinhardt. it was pretty interesting to see how the books come about. there were a lot of people present because the movable book society is meeting in chicago this weekend. i felt a bit out of the loop because everyone else seemed to know all about movable books, and i really didn't know the history at all. after the talk, i went down to the gallery and looked at some of the top rated books by many different artists. for me, my favorite is still the dinosaur one. robert and matthew are putting out a book with maurice sendak, which looks really good too.
the renegade craft fair is here in chicago this weekend and i will probably stop by. i think i will know a few artists there. and i'm hoping to get another pocket ninja.
i've had a hard time getting stuff done lately. i want to photograph some extra supplies and sell them on ebay. so today i moved them over by the camera. it's one step closer to photographing them. every little bit counts.
i did manage to photograph the books i made in my bookbinding intensive.
the first was sewn on tapes
this picture shows its leather headband
the next book was sewn on tapes and has a bradel casing
it has a hand sewn headband
the third book was a bit of a bonus. we did a perfect double fan adhesive binding
it's kind of boring, but does have a nice endpaper
compared to my usual books, the covers are really tame, but it was great to learn all the details in putting these together.
oh! i forgot to mention.... i have several things waiting to go in the mail. something for kathy, something for nina, something for suzanne, something for julia, a wedding gift, something for the blank book swap. i wanted them to go in the mail today, but i bet it will be wednesday. sorry for the wait!