Monday, September 4, 2017

This book project is DONE!

My book is finally finished. It's 34 pages (17 sheets), made of a variety of papers, photos, postage stamps, etc. I included pages from antique Japanese books, plus my own hand-painted, hand-dyed papers, and a lot of inks and stains.

Was it fun to do? Oh, yeah. Was it frustrating? Immensely. Does it look as I intended? The photos do not. I had a certain look I was going for with the pictures, but due to computer meltdowns, printer meltdowns, printer replacement, and renewed experimenting, nothing seemed to work. So there aren't many photos in this book and I had to slightly change the concept.

What I LOVE about this book is how it feels. It's soft, old, has a weathered feeling. There's a tab attached to one page that I can lift and peek to see what's underneath (the closeup image with the blue stitching is the tab). The more this book is handled, touched, bent, looked at, etc., the better it's going to be. It's MEANT to be held.

I used Japanese stab binding to create a daifuku-cho (Japanese ledger book) look. And there are indeed some Japanese ledger pages used here and there.

This was an incredible learning curve (for me), involving collage, paint, ink, printing, stitching, binding, PATIENCE, and more.

What's next? A runner for my dining room table made along this same collage-like concept.

And then? A series of artist books . . . we shall see.

©Carol Leigh
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  1. This is WONDERFUL, Carol! I love all the textures, patterns, marks and neutral tones. Your Kyoto photographs fit the style of the book and still bring back memories of that trip. It does call out to be touched. Well done! You should be proud :)

  2. Thanks, Carol F. I am pretty proud. Need to create some sort of a slipcase for it, but am now on to the next project. Wishing you and Ann well and happy travels!

  3. How wonderful Carol! My new clearer peepers tell me that this book is filled with texture and shades of nuance. The prospects of handling it and breaking it into greater softness and comfort as it sits in my hands is glorious. How exciting! Ann

  4. Thanks, Ann. So happy that you now have "clearer peepers" -- what a difference it's making in your life, no? Welcome to a whole new way of seeing.

  5. Hi Carol,
    I have grown into the new clarity of my vision and some of the everyday issues I was having have greatly improved.
    My depth perception has improved so that I can step off of a curb without trepidation. I can read again! Even in some lower light situations. I can see every floater and blind spot from being High Myopic and all the flashings and dematerializing in my field of vision from High Myo and Glaucoma. Hard to believe that it is an improvement! Yeah!!!

    We are getting ready to meet John Barclay's Smoky Mountain tour at the end of the month.
    Hope all is well with you and Chris and the cat!


  6. Just saw your update on an old post -- sorry to take so long to respond. This is GREAT news! How wonderful to be able to see the world in an entirely new way and with a minimal amount, now, of (as you said) "trepidation." So happy for you, madam! Have a great workshop. And thank you so much for the update. xoxo


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