Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Making a few changes

Since I started The Last Bedroom, I've written an entry everyday except for when I was away or sick. It's a studio diary, and I obviously don't work in the studio every single day of my life (although I probably do work in the studio 5-6 days out of the week).

Anyhow, the change is that I'll only be writing when I have something significant to document. Otherwise, I'll be combining days into a single entry. This is part of a bigger plan to reduce the amount of time I spend on the computer doing non-work related stuff, which is part of a still bigger plan to conserve. It must be because of Earth Day or something, but I've been thinking about different ways we can reduce and conserve further, and today over at Sundry's, she was talking about the same thing! I have some specific goals, but I'll talk about them some other time. My self-imposed limited amount of computer time is running low now.

Anyhow, after ruminating on Senior #2's book for a few weeks now, I've come to the conclusion of what's bothering me about it, and tried a few things today to see how I can fix it. Things that bother me:

1. I like the envelopes idea, but in practice, it's clumsy. Several problems with it — if I glue down the flaps so they're like real envelopes, removing and inserting the prints can damage the prints; if I don't glue them down, then all those flaps are clumsy to operate; and in either case, the envelope opening flaps can get in the way of turning the pages and closing the book, and they might get damaged themselves. So I explored different ways of making something that only looks like an envelope but is more practical to operate. I haven't quite figured it out yet, but I think I'm on the right track.

2. She's made 18 prints. Instead of making 18 envelopes, I want to combine them into pairs. She's already paired them up, but I have not arrived at a satisfactory method of somehow attaching them to each other. But, depending on what solutions I end up with for 1., I may not have to attach them to each other.

On other fronts, I finished the 2 cameos I brought home to finish for Marie Watt. So that's something off my mind...I've kept them for a while, and she's going to need them back soon.


gl. said...

any writing is good writing, shu-ju!

Michael5000 said...

Yeah, I like the insignificant ones!

When I decided I was going to cut back on my blogging, I ended up going from five days most weeks to six days most weeks.