Matchbook number five

 Matchbook number five was actually a concept that came to me very quickly and seemed quite an ovbvious thing to do. It is created from a collection of receipts aquired after an evening meal in Madurai up on the roof of a lovely resturant. The food had been great as was the company and being on the roof gave the whole evening a rather lovely ambience so I wanted to create something to remember that evening. I had previously played with the round stamp the resturant use on each reciept and used a flower fold (instructions in a previous post find it here) to see how it looked. It worked very well and I liked the idea of little bits of information about the meal being hidden in each little folded square of paper. I cut out thirteen little identical squares making sure each one contained some piece of information about the meal i.e. time, date, choice of food, drinks and snipets of the address. There were thirteen because there were thirteen of us eating dinner together. Then it was a simple case of creating a structure with my thirteen little bits.

I am particularly please by the vesitility of this one. It can become all sorts of different shapes depending on how you open it up. I get a tad over excited at how a small little thing in a matchbox can fold out to create so many forms, it REALLY pleases me! I could fiddle with this for hours. As you explore the structure you glean little snippets of information about the evening and it builds up a picture of an event. For this one the matchbox draw was lined with some of a local newspaper from that day and I left thirteen of the waxmatches in the box that were in there when I found it.

Matchbook number one

First matchbox revamp happened on a train journey travelling from Kochi to Kozhikode about a four hour journey. I went prepared to pass the time creating my first book. I had only been in India for about three days but it doesn’t take long for me to start collecting. I had also come to India with a selection of pre prepared cyanotype papers and had already made a couple of prints of leaves I had found whilst wandering around Kochi.

The rest of my collection consisted of bus tickets, part of another matchbox, local newspaper cuttings and bits of flyers I found lying around. Obviously I am not remotely fluent in Malayalam the local language of Kerala but the shapes of the letters are so beautiful and poetic they were begging to be shown off. The journey flew by and I was very contented with my first creation.

Playing with folds

The previous post showed you how to create a flower fold. I currently am a little obsessed with it and what can be achieved. I particularly like it for its sculptural qualities and the ability it affords to build structures.

These are a few of my experiments. They are all made from a very old book (that was already falling to pieces and I’ve hung onto it for years) I finally had the courage to dissect. The covers are all cyanotype prints.

The joy of boxes

I spent most of yesterday working on a box I got given which had held some tins of biscuits but they had gone and the box wasn’t needed so I thought it would make an excellent home for all the little books I’ve been making lately.

They are quite fragile and work as a collection so I thought they needed a permanent home together…

There was space for some other ones too and room for a top layer. Very satisfying indeed!

A new fold

I spent a day this week with a lovely friend in York who I hadn’t seen for a while. She is also mad about paper and making books. She showed me a leaflet she had picked up with a very interesting structure created by folds. So I had to replicate it because I knew if I had only drawn the instructions I would have forgotten how to do it by the time I got home! She also introduced me to some lovely watercolours I am going to have to track down, took me to a museum, cooked some delicious food and took me to a great charity shop…all in all a great day out.

Folding & cutting practice

This week has been a bit of a revelation in book binding. I bought two books ‘Making Handmade Books’ by Alison Golden and ‘The Art of the Fold’ by Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol before Christmas and have buried myself away this week pouring over them and playing with the ideas. My particular favourite are a couple of bindings that require no glue and stitching just folding and cutting…