Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book meeting day

I love how in my diary today it read "9.30am Books meet - Susan's". It might sound mad, but it has become a regular part of our collaboration, where after we have worked our way through the ups and downs and twists and turns, our books get to meet. We know what it means when we write it in our diaries, and it feels as if it's almost a necessary politeness to let our 'sibling' books meet each other when they are complete.

We always enjoy the moments - knowing a fair bit about the book the other has been making; or not, as the case may be. This time we had shared much of our thinking and process as we worked to find a way to make a 'recipe' book not look like it was made by throwing this and that together and hoping. So even tho we had a fair idea of what to expect, there were still lots of lovely surprises as well.

We both loved them both.

They tell quite different stories and have used the parameters of the cards quite differently; but once again, they seem to sit well together.


Artists' books are not always easy to photograph, and trying to show two together looking beautiful is quite difficult!


So in the end, we go for angles and interesting corners and elements...


They both offer the viewer a lot as you turn the pages, spend time with them, and look at the many details.




And to finish - an abstract shot of Susan's cover - delicious!


There was another satisfying sense of accomplishment and achievement today when we looked at our work together and reflected on how we had resolved issues, made tough choices and discovered lots of new ideas that we can't wait to test out! I'll tell the story of my book and show you it in detail soon.

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  1. That big fat sigh of admiration you heard was me.

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    1. Thanks from afar J - it always amazes us how well they look together, even tho they are so different!

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  2. Love seeing our books together. That abstract of my cover is a goody :-) Always so thrilled by the work we push eachother to do.

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    1. Me too - always lots of magical moments of discovery. Loved that abstract shot myself!

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  3. Wow! The books are stunning together, really beautiful!

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    1. Thanks Carol - they do look good together and each one is gorgeous by itself as well - soon I promise!

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  4. F - great work the pair of you - such amazing outcomes from quite a challenging set of parameters. B

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    1. Thanks B - quite amazing the differences between the two - and yet how lightly they sit together.

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  5. They both look beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing more of the story

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    1. Thanks Jac - there will be a couple of story instalments coming up!

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    1. Thanks Marleen! Glad you enjoyed - my full book will be shown soon, and the story behind it.

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  7. The books look so enticing, what fun working like this.

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    1. Thanks Anna - it is a very special way of creating for sure - the two of us are so different yet so alike; and the work is always intriguing. Go well

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