Monday, April 25, 2011

Book Art Object - continuing to explore

I have mentioned this wonderful project a few times, and am pleased that we now have a deadline for delivery, which means I am focusing a bit more acutely on it. I'm not sure what it is about a deadline; but it makes me deliver!

Whilst BAO has about 16 participants, there are two groups and two poems to work with. I am in a group of about 7 or 8 book artists who have undertaken to create an edition of books based around Claire Beynon's poem "Paper Wrestling". Some clever folk (really do go look at this...) have already made and delivered their books; others like me are still pondering and pottering.

Island time has let me think thru and actually design/draw up what I think I might do. For the first time in my life I am making an Edition. A proper edition. So I need to make about 15 books that are exactly the same. This is my personal challenge.

I think I will work with a square format (oh surprise me say my friends) and will do one original and then scan and print the edition. Plan A. Fingers crossed. I had hoped to learn how to use Photoshop and Publisher in really clever ways with this edition; but given our lengthy time away from home this year that's not going to happen.

Instead I'll do a half and half - made by hand then printed version.

One added impetus to this is that we have been accepted into Impact 7 - an international conference to be held by Monash University in Melbourne in September this year. So...books must be made!

Here are some sketches and a few ideas of where this is going.

 Here are the watercolour washes I did over Easter.

And here are some trial runs I did over Easter - still trying to work out which approach I like the most and why! Apologies for the unpleasant lighting. I wanted to do my bit of creativity each day and so at 7pm I finished playing and took the shots with the dark night/fluro light look.

It's all good fun and I am really enjoying being part of this fabulous group.


  1. I was just looking at some of the work over at the link - WOW!! The folding poem book is just amazing. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with.

  2. Annie - so glad you popped over, they are a very talented crew! We are doing one copy for everybody in the group, one for the author and several spares for exhibitions, collections etc.

  3. Fiona, this is looking very interesting. We all seem to be getting to work on it now - very exciting.


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