My joint book project with Kate Hodgson (Happy Leopard Chapbooks) is now complete. Kate made a handsome clamshell box to hold both our books. Some of the extra space in the box is filled with lucky stars that I folded out of paper left over from the books and the box.
You can see my book on the upper left in the picture above (more images here) and Kate’s book snuggled in the bottom of the box among the stars. You can see Kate’s book open below. It’s her interpretation of the little star book I posted in May. You can find the instructions here.
Because of the fragility of the paper, Kate used minimal gluing so the pieces are only attached to each other at a few critical points. The book has a lovely fluttery quality.
The piece is a tribute to Neil Richards who died suddenly last January, and the title —He was always very kind to me.— comes from an email I sent Kate when we were discussing making something in his memory. The piece will be donated to Special Collections at the University of Saskatchewan where Neil played such an important role for many years.
Not only are Kate and I still speaking to each other, we had enough fun that we are thinking of doing another joint project. We haven’t formulated anything specific yet.
Paula Beardsell Kreig sent me a one-cut folding pattern a while ago. I inverted the folds and created a four-legged vessel. The legs aren’t very stable, so this week I played with making a base for the structure.
One of the nice things about both components is that they can be flat-packed.
I can envision this being used for an installation piece with hundreds of little vessels. Storage would be simple as everything could go into a much smaller space when all the parts were folded flat. Or it could be a serving container for french fries from an upscale fast food outlet.
I also continued to try out paper quilt variations. I thought I would experiment with cuts in the centre of a square. (This was undoubtedly inspired by playing with Paula’s one-cut design.) I haven’t come up with anything completely satisfactory, but I think this has possibilities. Changing to a lighter paper for the main square would make some things work better.
In other book arts news:
Tuesday was a great day for picking up the mail — I got three book arts related packages!
I got my copy of the catalogue for Art of the Book 2018. After a hugely successful showing in Victoria, BC, the exhibition is off on an extended cross-country tour.
Do try to see the exhibition if it comes to a venue somewhere near you. You have time to plan a special trip, since some of the dates are not until 2020!
My copy of the most recent issue of Bound & Lettered came. The issue is devoted to decorated envelopes and includes dozens of envelopes that John Neal Books/Bound & Lettered/Letter Arts Review and others have received over the years.
The third item in Tuesday’s mail was the copy of Book Dynamics that I had ordered.
I have had a quick read through already, and hope to give you a detailed review next Sunday. If you don’t want to wait for that, you can go ahead and order your own copy here. With shipping included in the list price, it’s a bargain.
In other news:
Harvest season is in full swing. David has been drying and freezing tomatoes.
The ones with the dark green shoulders are Black Russians and they are, in fact, ripe when they look like that. The orange ones are also ripe —and so sweet they are like eating candy!
Basil pesto has also been made.
You can find my recipe in this post.
Nature’s bounty is not limited to vegetables: the major annual hatch of boxelder bugs has started. These ones are warming themselves on some dead wood.
They are pretty much harmless, except when they get in the house and poop on everything. They are true bugs (Order Hemiptera) and you can read more about them in a Wikipedia article here. When they die (also in large numbers) their red and black wings survive. I keep thinking the wings must be good for something …