|Homeward Bound Books||
I found a lovely old map book in Barter Books with an interesting binding, I can't find a date on it and there are no road numbers and certainly no M25.
It measures 11cm x 18cm and has 20 maps of the South East of England, the maps are all a double page spread and open flat because of the clever binding. The bound page is very short about 1cm with the map glued to one side of it there are filler inserts that are one piece of paper folded into a concertina before being sewn in. The paper that the map is glued too looks really quite flimsy but all the pages are intact and the glue is good.
The maps are lovely muted colours, I particularly like the way the sea is depicted. They are all cloth backed and grubby edged. It is a Humber map book which was a car but it also mentions cycle agents and gives a selection of cycling and motoring routes - all of around 30 - 40 miles. I love it, it has a lovely patina and feel.
I own up a to a complete fail to my challenge this week and I am going to blame it on visitors. Naughty visitors making me go to the Beach. The Easter Holidays kicked in and I couldn't help but join in. I did get a bit of work done, but not in the area of making books.
I am working towards my stall at the Glasgow Artists Book Fair now - so I will have to get making but to a purpose rather than as an exercise.
I have had a mini factory set up in my living room making a batch of my Book in a Box kits, I really enjoy the different processes although it can lead to minor repetitive strain injury - oh how we suffer for our craft! I particularly enjoy putting together the selection of papers in each book, here are a few of the choices on offer
The first piece of paper is the front cover and the rest follow on with that in mind, they include, sugar bags, Fatface carriers, envelopes and sparkly paper found in Wilkinsons! It all goes in the mix.
And just a few pictures to prove that I really did go to the beach and at least wasn't being idle.
I think you can see the attraction - 4 beaches - 4 days out.
So I cheated a bit this week - I had to catch-up and make a few at the end - they are very simple and I didn't follow through with my plan. But each one helps me focus on what works, what doesn't and so is worthwhile.
A little more attention was given to being out in the sun this week - what a Stunner! I managed to set up so that I could do some work outside and top up my tan - guilt free sunbathing. There were a couple of trips to the beach of course. Cowrie shells can be found along this coast - they are tiny but rather special.
I have been cutting up lots of paper for my Book-in-a-Box.
The silver cover is a sample book kit to show prospective customers.
The other two books are made from offcuts - I hope I might be able to sell some of them at the Glasgow International Artist Bookfair
Two more off cut books and one using a map cover.
This book was the first of the week when my resolve was strong. It has a selection of hand printed maps with different approaches to labelling them as an experiment. The facing page to each of the maps has a critical assessment and notes on technique. I hope to use this way of printing maps for a batch of books about the locality, so it was a useful exercise.
So far I have managed a book a day but it has been a bit of a chore some days - that wasn't the point so I need to get my head round that.
I have tried to theme my book on something that inspired me or happened that day, but to come up with an idea, design the book and then put it all together can be too much in amongst the normal days activities. It was less stressful when I was making improvements to my Book in a Bag design.
So this week I am going to use each days book as a development towards a new design of book that I have in mind. I will try ideas out rather than come up with a finished piece.
Inspired by the same charity shop find - This book is a visual set of notes of a walk I took on Warkworth beach. The inner leaves are an A3 page folded and cut into an instant book.
Graph paper and labels give it an academic feel.
Book in a Bag
Part of the weeks work was to develop this design to be made in batches. I had to experiment with glues so the paper doesn't cockle up.
"I will be the waves and you will be the shore.
I shall roll on and on, and break upon your lap with laughter.
And no one in the world will know where we both are."
This book was a chore but there are elements I would use again.
The pages are from an old Ledger, I like the mix of stamping styles on the discoloured paper.
I used simple collage and stamps to illustrate a walk I took to Sugar Sands.
I want to develop the idea of personal maps.
So I feel better prepared for the next week of the book a day challenge - The weather is a big distraction with the call of the Sea.
I have been so involved in setting things up here in my new life that I have neglected the creative fun of making books so I am going to set myself a challenge:
I am going to make a fun, experimental, simple - book a day - up until Easter and see where it takes me.
THE BOOK-A-DAY CHALLENGE!
I have moved further North with lots and lots of bits of paper, to make hand bound books by the Sea.