The flag book wasn’t working the way I wanted, so I set it aside to pursue other ideas. I was still interested in the idea of codes —dot/dash, morse code, code— so I played with the idea of colour-graphemic synesthesia and colour-coded alphabets. I had developed several alphabet colour codes while creating an earlier piece in a planned series called Synesthesia. I chose to work with this one.
There are more than 26 colours because I allowed for a number of punctuation marks.
I selected this colour scheme because I thought it suited the text, Pete Seeger’s love song Over The Hills.
Over the hills I went one day,
Dreaming of myself and you.
And the springtime of years since first we met,
And all that we’ve been through.
May I not with delight still dream
Of the years, of the summer and fall to be,
And the many, many verses still to be sung
In the ballad of you and me.
I decided to try it out as a Victorian puzzle purse, a structure which has sometimes been used for valentines.
Actual puzzle purse:
It is quite a satisfying little piece, but I thought it might be a bit trivial for a juried competition, so I designed a book as well.
For some time I have wanted to use Hedi Kyle’s panel book structure. I saved the instructions from the Guild of Bookworkers website a number of years ago.
I altered the proportions and created a couple of landscape images of rolling hills based on a picture from my photo files. I also re-arranged the text into rectangular blocks, which involved removing all the punctuation except the final period.
Here’s the new book, Over The Hills.
I also did a second book in a completely different style, both in format and content, but you will have to wait until next Sunday to see it. If you would like to look at another entry right away, you can see Hilke Kurzke’s book on her blog.
Hilke and I (and, presumably, a lot of other book artists) now have to wait until the end of July to find out which works will be selected for the exhibition.