The exciting (stressful, panic-inducing) news for the week is that I have delivered all the works for Square Dance to the Saskatchewan Craft Council Gallery. Installation will begin on Tuesday, but I will not be there because Covid.
Before packing up the show I made some changes to two of the older pieces.
Moody Blues was originally held together just by its interlocked folds. The central square locking panels are relatively small so the piece had the potential come apart if it wasn’t handled properly. It was successfully exhibited at the Hand Wave Gallery, but required careful handling. I undid all the connectors, applied glue to the underside of the points, and replaced them.
I also did a make-over on Ennead #1.
The connectors were originally a translucent Japanese paper which I chose because it allowed the viewer to see the underlying structure of the piece. I removed all the connectors and replaced them with newly folded ones of Legion Arturo. No addition of glue was required to make the work stable.
Much of the week was spent on the final packing. Two of the works already have lovely crates built by David.
The remainder of the works were packed in cardboard containers. I opted to use plastic film to strap most of the containers since painter’s tape —least likely to damage paper works— does not do a good job holding cardboard boxes closed. Plastic packing tape is anathema because it adheres permanently to paper, and paper tapes are either as sticky as plastic tape or require wetting which also doesn’t thrill me.
I was just starting to get the hang of using the plastic wrap by the time I was finished.
All the boxes got instruction labels.
Here are some images from the Friday delivery.
Everything packed in the car: the show looks totally inadequate to fill a gallery. I reminded myself that things will get bigger when they are unpacked.
Here is David, carrying the last crate into the cavernous basement at the gallery.
The show now looks even smaller spread out on two tables in that big room!
This little box contains special tools and materials for hanging the wall pieces, plus a thank-you note which includes the location of the detailed mounting instructions.
I am hoping to photograph the exhibition next Friday before it opens on Saturday the 16th, so I should have images for next week’s post.
In other book arts news:
With many places back in lockdown, online instruction is still widely available on a range of book arts topics. I tried to cover a span of time zones, but was unable to quickly find anything from Australia. (I did find Beer and Bookbinding, but that is an on site event in a Sydney microbrewery.)
The San Francisco Center for the Book is also offering many online options. You can find the complete listing here.