A mentoring morning with Fiona and I am so much more at ease ..... I think! I have been tense and wound up and not at all relaxed about this work and then talking it through with Fiona this morning, realised that though I am quite happy with some of these prints as etchings, the difficulty I have with the work is seeing it as a book.
I had the thought of making an irregular concertina book - various sizes in fold and in page which will make it more of an artwork than a picture book. This also means that all of the imagery is not revealed at once. The thought of just turning the pages and seeing what came next (which works so well with some of my books) did not solve the issues I have been having with the presentation. As yet I haven't even done all the artwork but for me, having a sense of the piece, the way the images and the negative spaces all speak to each other and relate, gives me a way forward. So, now that I can see a way forward, I will relax and enjoy the process. I can hear a big sigh of relief from those around me .....
And Fiona's book - well, you will just all have to wait and see. It is oh so very gently, exquisite.
Then again, I could just cut up the work and use small parts of each image.