I spent a good part of the week completing all the layouts for the as-yet-unnamed collaborative project with @aestusbookarts. The project was inspired by the 1964 Fluxkit made by George Maciunas: the theme is “being busy, overwhelmed, and trying to find work/school/family/life balance”.
My contribution will be The Decision Maker. Here’s the cover/label design.
The assorted bits for the eight copies will be packed in tin CD cases, after I remove the plastic inserts that come inside them.
Here are a few peeks at some of the contents.
One element is a paper fortune teller.
Another is a set of cards with inspirational sayings. A nod to Douglas Adams for this one.
There will also be a set of stickers to be attached to smart phones, tablets, and computers, suggesting an appropriate response to requests that put even more demands on your time.
I don’t want to give too much away before the whole project is assembled. I will let you know when aestusbookarts posts images of the finished piece.
In book arts news:
If you are interested in insects and/or beautiful illustrations of insects, you might want to check out a recent post on The Public Domain Review.
You can read the post and look through a digital copy of the book here.
In other news:
I received some irises from Wendy Feldberg this week. There are two kinds: dark blue, and bi-colour blue (dark and light).
I won’t be able to show you the flowers until next year (if they survive and bloom) but also in the box was a lovely little painting. I am delighted.
It was an exciting week in other ways as well.
Thursday evening brought one of those spectacular prairie thunderstorms with extremely high winds. Our exits from the property were pretty much blockaded.
David has cleared the major routes, but some of the horse trails still need work.
We had a different sort of surprise earlier in the week after another night of heavy rain. I don’t like racoons: they are destructive pests, and an invasive species, but the little ones sure are cute. Everything turned out well for these two, as momma came back the next night and moved her babies so they didn’t have to be ‘rescued’.
(Apologies to my Instagram followers who have already seen this picture.)