After completing I’ve looked at clouds I got G is for Geography back out of storage. In all the excitement at finishing the embroidery on the covers for the interior intersections, I forgot about the stamps!
All the stamps used for the original edition (shown above) were real, but in the book version I scanned and reproduced an alphabet’s worth of stamps to include in the images. The stamps for the ‘quilt’ are also reproductions.
It took four tries to get reproductions that satisfied me: two different printers and two different papers.
I don’t have a tool for making stamp perforations, and I didn’t want to fill my sewing machine with paper dust, so I simulated the perforations by hand. I scored a line on each edge of the printed stamp,
then hand pierced holes along the line.
I didn’t attempt to match the mechanical perfection of a pin press, rather I tried to achieve the ‘feel’ of a stamp torn out of a sheet.
For stamps that had corners torn off in the originals, I tore the corners.
I have spent a few hours staring morosely and moving stamps in an attempt to decide their final locations.
In knitting news:
I am planning ahead for warm weather knitting. On Thursday I began plying more of my noil silk singles. By working half an hour at a time (it’s boring), I have almost filled a bobbin. When it’s full, there should be enough yarn for a short sleeve top, but I will do at least one more bobbin to have more options. I haven’t chosen a pattern yet.
In other book arts news:
You might want to read the essay Filling in the Blanks A Prehistory of the Adult Coloring Craze from the Public Domain Review.
Or if you would rather just do some relaxing colouring, you can download and print this colouring page from an earlier post.
If you would like to create your own geometric designs, this website has instructions.
Colouring can be a very peaceful and meditative activity.