|forget-me-not blooming in Winter, this makes me so very happy; as they're blue & small they are one of my all time favourites|
|in the background the 2 accordion books and a new one: a fabric booklet about a dead shrew, as drawn below|
|instructions for a Basic Instant Book, yes got that and tried a paper version before trying out the Cloth Instant Book, hurray|
Or so I thought.....
for the original tale, link here
The Dead Shrew
On the left a successful photo-transfer of the dead shrew onto thin white cotton, which was then hand stitched onto the gorgeous, golden linen book cover.
Yet again I lost a letter, the capital 'A' and just a little bit of the 'p' - phew, there was quite a lot of cursing and mumbling by this time, I'm not proud to admit - not wanting to waste yet another page I stitched an 'A' and the 'p'
I can be very impatient and am very result-driven, so this transfer business with all it's pitfalls is a challenge, as they say in newspeak
below on the left you can see the threads
|again, a successful transfer print of the ink drawing onto the same thin white cotton, which was sewn onto a green linen page; there's a pocket space above the shrew for a delicate find, a feather perhaps, dog hairs or sheep fleece, something soft|
Another perfect transfer onto the same white, sewn onto the blue linen page
|measures 11 x 14 cm, closed|
to conclude: I like the look and feel of a cloth book, however it's highly unlikely I'll be producing these by the dozens in this fashion; I feel if I want to make books in cloth I'll have to come up with something else, maybe without words, just (transfer-print) images, or lino prints, or embroider the words, but again I'm not sure that's where I want to go??? Also the transfer is delicate and easily damaged, therefore not suitable for a child, hmmph a conundrum*
music from one of my favourite singers/musicians Radie Peat, performing 'Dark Horse'
*yes I did add that word just because I like it
Have a look at the work of Dorothy Simpson Krause
which is also part of my answer to you Grace, yes it was worth the effort...and I have come to realise I must think about what kind of medium the story needs, as it were; I think the cloth book adds an extra layer to the shrew story and is therefore worth the hastle of the transfer paper issues...but it's perhaps not the perfect solution.....much more to explore
to learn a technical process. It stands between me and what my goal is.
Also feels wasteful. I use InkJetPrinting sheets (cotton, not silk)
by Jacquard and have been pleased with results. Love this new direction you've taken! (UPC 74372980209)
I sense a coming together of so much of what I'm about as an artist, a maker and storyteller.....
I will only add that I used prepared sheets in my home computer when I made my traveling quit many years ago. It is now so badly faded the words and images barely show. So, guess that may be something to consider?
hi Sue, I'll now go and check out your books, how very exciting....have had a quick look at Spoonflower, am interested to see they also operate from Germany, making postage etc more within my financial frame;-) Thank you for the tip!
Brilliant post Dee! wow I have learnt so much by now...it is nice when others have gone before and done the hard research, hahahaha (however, I'm not fooling myself into thinking it's gonna be easy) and I am happy that 'stuff' is merging and moving forward!
prepared sheets, Nancy?? like Dee mentions in her post maybe? not to worry, I will go forth and be prepared;-) I see a collection of smallish books on my horizon
love to you all, thanks so much for your words of encouragement and great feedback
Wens je véél vreugd bij de creaties , die kleine boekjes vind ik top !!! hertelijke groet M
thanks Jude, and thank you again for letting me use your quote!! I am so full of ideas and have boundless energy now that I feel all my 'stuff' is merging; I like your make-shift method, very much how I do things....Xx