It is such a joy to share some photographs of my completed book ... well not quite as I have yet to name it and make its slip case.
Struggle though it has been, this book and I are now firm friends. I wasn't sure that was going to be the case but once I let go of the fact that although I had done a number of etchings towards this book, I need not use them in an illustrative manner but find another way of relating this story. After all, that is what these books are all about - narrative. It doesn't mean one has to tell all, but certainly the imagery should prompt the viewer to discover their own story.
There are thirteen pages to my book and the etchings have been done either on Japanese Tengujo paper or the lovely warm Fabriano Tiepolo. After cutting down images, they were then mounted in an embossed frame onto a gorgeous Magnani paper almost 600 gsm thick. I decided on using a natural linen thread and left some of the stitching with length to emulate the twigs of a birds nest. A number though not all of the eggs have been placed underneath the soft Japanese paper as I wanted the them suggested rather than dominant. Overall dimension of the page is 45cms x 7cms. I will make an edition of 7 only as there is so much effort in making each book even with the etching plates completed. The book is made up from seven separate etchings which need to be printed before I can even begin the process of designing and making the book. The etchings will be an open edition.
|The completed book may be folded and read in any number of ways.|
|I like the way the thread hangs out from the book twig like.|
|The embossing I made for Fiona's book can be seen here in mine too.|
|I think the colour here in the nest and in other parts of the book suggests early morning sunshine.|
|Some of the details before the book was sewn.|
|Fiona's beautiful wording can be seen here very subtly.|
rest your wings.
Here is a hollow
a nest of stillness,
in which to hatch
These words by Joan Walsh Anglund were found by Fiona and very kindly shared with me in this book giving our works another point of collaboration.