Wednesday, July 02, 2008

MiT book, done with sewing, onto gluing

Here are two piles of the text blocks, all sewn up. Yes, the text blocks are bulkier in the middle than that top and bottom. A design flaw—the origami fold envelop has more layers in the middle, something I did not consider until after I had sewn up the first text block. But, focusing on the positive—I really like how the edges look, with the specks of colors showing:

Everything's gocco printed, of course.

Here's one of the pages, yet to be glued together. The tab on the left will be glued to the fore-edge on the right (so yes, the image will be on the inside and will not show):

So here is the foxgloves page, already glued together. This is the spread with the previous page:

And the spread with the next page:

Remember that my original intention was for the pages to look and feel like envelopes? What I had in mind was for each page to look and feel like an envelope, but turns out, each spread looks like an envelope too (except that the designs are different on the left and right).

Here, the prints by my Rock Star senior are inserted into the envelopes. It occurred to me that, of the copies going to my senior and her kids, they can easily double up some of the prints and therefore end up with extra envelopes that they can use to insert mementos or photographs!

I'm still undecided on the cover. I did have one design mocked up and I liked it, but it does not have a wraparound closure. If only these prints are in there, a wraparound closure wouldn't be necessary, since it's a nice fit and the prints won't fall out. But if they do put other things in there, a wraparound closure might be really nice (and necessary).


Kit Eastman said...

I like the idea of pages as envelopes. These are beautiful!

I have been following your blog for some time now off an on, getting inspiration for Gocco experiments; learning from your generous notes about process. Also, your work with seniors is fascinating. I've been watching my own mother's slow decline from Alzeimers for more than 10 years now. What a fabulous idea to create art with and about these individuals, and to share it with the world.
Minneapolis has a great center for book arts ( you ever want to travel east to teach!

Michael5000 said...

This is awesome, Fingers! I have to admit, I've had a hard time visualizing where this project was going. I love where it has ended up, though!

fingerstothebone said...

Kit and M5K -- thanks for the feedback. As always, after working on these for so long, I just can't tell anymore, so it's nice to have extra eyes and positive response.

It's been incredibly rewarding (and frustrating at times too) to work with the seniors. I'm thinking about different ways to continue working at the facility next year after this project is over. Maybe setting up some kind of a residency program where different artists are invited to come and work with the residents for 2 month long projects. I'm still trying to figure it out.