It’s been another of those bits and pieces weeks, busy with scattered activities. Here are some of the things I did, in no particular order.
I finished the third and final copy of Finding A Way. Here it is, ready to have the pockets filled. If you have an exceptional memory you will note that it is not identical to the first copy (or the second, for that matter.) I played with different combinations of thread and paper for each copy, though the colour order of the pockets is the same.
I packed up work and mailed it.
I did some research for a new project, finding on-line maps of the different neighbourhoods I have lived in across Canada.
I did some experimenting with flattening some of the pages from Decomp with the intention of turning the remains of the book and the hornet’s nest into a new artist’s book. The pages don’t look very interesting at this point, so here’s a picture of the book after the hornets had been at work.
It feels like I didn’t get a lot accomplished, but that’s a fairly good list and it doesn’t include everything. (There were also things like knitting, cooking, doing laundry, doing dishes, grocery shopping, one social visit with another artist, other internet research, and Dealing with Email.)
In other book arts news:
BOOK ISH NESS – World Book Night 2017
Will you join us?
Wherever you are, World Book Night United Artists invite you to contribute to our World Book Night project for 2017: BOOK ISH NESS. To do so, please read a book about the Loch Ness Monster; it can be of any title your choosing. Once you have read the book and know a little more about the history of the monster, please either:
- Design a book cover for an imaginary publication about the Loch Ness Monster – it could be fact or fiction, it is entirely up to you. It will need a title, author and publisher name and date.
- Email a photograph of your sighting of the Loch Ness Monster, make sure you record the time and date of your sighting and write that in your email so we can credit your sighting properly. Of course, your sighting of the Loch Ness Monster may have been staged, we will never know.
Of course you are very welcome to do both if you wish. Please send your contributions by wetransfer or similar to Sarah.Bodman@uwe.ac.uk and please email Sarah to let her know you are sending them. Deadline: 8th March 2017
We – the World Book Night United Artists – will be heading to Scotland on an expedition in early March 2017. Our search party – led by artist Stephen Fowler will conduct a survey of Loch Ness and record our findings in order to publish a small pamphlet book on our return. Alongside our published ‘research’ we will illustrate the book with photographs of actual sightings sent in by contributors, and compile a visual bibliography of books about the Loch Ness Monster from the fictional book covers.
Our previous ventures for World Book Night have included themed project tributes to Margaret Atwood (Serena Joy), Charles Bukowski (Post Office), Raymond Carver (Some Small, Good Things), Douglas Coupland (Toast: A Night on Weevil Lake), Patricia Highsmith (Dinner and A Rose), Stephen King (Shine On) and Donna Tartt (The Secrets of Metahemeralism). All of these are archived on the exhibitions and events page of our website:http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/exhibitions.html
For 2017, out tribute is to all the weird and wonderful, scientific and practical, believing and sceptical endeavours recorded in publications about the Loch Ness Monster – hence the apt title of BOOK ISH NESS created by Linda Williams.
Stephen Fowler has compiled a list of recommended titles, download it here.
Some links of interest:
All contributors will receive a copy of the artist’s book and a BOOK ISH NESS badge.
Image credit: The Hugh Gray Photograph (1933) Revisited
Robert Bolick asked permission to refer to my Recomp posts ages ago. He was preparing an article on Charles Darwin’s On The Origin of Species and artist’s books. I had completely forgotten about it (I gave permission) so it was a pleasant surprise, and an odd coincidence, when he notified me this morning that the post was now up. It’s a ‘long read’ but you might find it interesting.