The last (at least for the moment) of the bi-coloured menko works —Mademoiselle de Maupin— is complete.
I have moved on to another paper quilt using a different structure, based on my re-invention of the ‘Shrigley’ binding.
The first step was cutting and folding the edges of twenty-five squares for the base units.
The units will be sewn together, so pre-punching stitching holes is necessary. I began with the upper left square, piercing holes in the right and bottom folds using a template.
Then it got more complicated. The holes in the adjacent squares must match exactly. I reversed the fold on the left edge of the second-from-left square in the top row and placed the unit back to back with the first square, matching the folds. Using the holes in the right- edge fold of the first (now the top layer) unit as a guide, I punched the holes in the left-side fold of the second unit. (My editor says the description does not need this level of detail, but I want you to appreciate how complicated it is!)
When I had done the matching holes across the entire top row, I sewed the units together. So far, so good.
Now I just have to repeat the process perfectly another thirty-one times.
Since the units get quite a bit of handling while I am making the holes and doing the sewing, I have marked each one in the upper left corner so I can keep track of both position in the piece and orientation.
I also tested that I can make the corner folds after sewing. It turns out that the stitch where the corners meet actually makes it easier to do this step accurately!
The piece I am working on will be titled G is for Geography, and is an adaptation of an artist’s book by the same name. You can read about its first iteration here.
Here are a couple of the map ‘pages’ laid out for printing.
I will also be printing stamps separately. They will be cut out and attached individually.
This is a digital approximation of the finished work. The diamonds at the corner junctions will be cut from a world map.
Oh, and there will be embroidery as well.
In other book arts news:
Next weekend seems to be a big one for Art Book Fairs. Here are four of them. Perhaps one of them will be close enough for you to attend.
In Seoul, South Korea:
Further information for Unlimited Edition 11 can be found here.
In Buenos Aires, Argentina:
More info can be found on the Buenos Aires website.
In Bergen, Norway:
The Bergen Art Book Fair website can be found here.
In, Chicago, U.S.A.:
Information about exhibitors and events can be found here.