I have had two pieces of good news in the past week or so: The Interconnection of Time and Tide was accepted into ebb and flow —this year’s online exhibition by we love your books— and my dealers, Vamp and Tramp, sold a couple of my books to Emory University. I will post a link to the online ebb and flow exhibition when it goes up in August, and today’s post is about one of the books that sold.
Datura started when I took some photographs of the spectacular flowers in my garden.
I made some composite images (heavily modifying the original photographs in Photoshop) and assembled them in InDesign to create an accordion and a case. I added some moths and an original poem.
The poem is a pantoum variation.
I chose the pantoum form because its recursive structure recalls the looping flight of moths. I also laid out the text on paths to mimic the routes moths might take from blossom to blossom.
Here are a couple of screen shots of the book layout.
And here are a close-up of the book open and closed (you can just see part of the front cover at the bottom of the image) and a picture of two of the cases, showing the front and the back.
The opening/closing of the case mimics the way a datura flower unfurls as it opens.
The book as a whole is an attempt to capture the feeling of a hot summer night with the smell of the night-opening blossoms filling the air.