The previous post showed you some of the papers I collected in India. I collected so much stuff that I needed an extra bag to come home with! One of my plans was to hand make some little books that I could use for collections of drawings. They would then live in the pockets I made in my sketchbook.
This one was all about the animals I had seen up to that point on my journey. It is made from a collection of receipts stitched together and covered with part of a local newspaper using a particularly lovely bit of text. This was my first one and worked really well so it started a bit of a craze of collecting receipts and stitching books. More to follow…
I have just had the privilege to spend a couple of weeks travelling around south India. I love India and have been before but didn’t get down to the south so this time I wanted to explore the bottom bit thoroughly (or as thoroughly as you can in a two week window of opportunity). To prepare for the trip I handmade a sketchbook using the cover from an old book that once belonged to my dad (sorry Fath) and stitched in accordion fold pages with a range of pockets so I could collect stuff along the way.
It is kind of a big pocket size so it was easy to carry around. I had a couple of long train rides so used that time to create stuff and organise my finds.
When travelling my bed becomes my work place and desk making it difficult to go to bed sometimes it can get a bit crowded!
So keep an eye out in the coming weeks for more posts about what I made and drew and what creations arise now I’m home and back in the studio again. I have so many collected things to work with! Including a delightful set of found matchboxes…
And if you want to see more about where I went and what I did then you can follow all that on my other blog The Nomadic Northerner.
Having spent the last few weeks learning and playing with folds I have become more and more sculptural with my book experiments. I love making something that is small and simple but folds out into extravagant shapes. See what you think…
A tiny book finally complete with a new box for a home. If you follow me on Instagram you may remember the saga of ‘The dog who ate my homework’ and the little book that came out of that incident. Well I have finally got back to the original Berlin book and finished it and a kind friend donated me this box for its new forever home. It just needed a bit of customising and here we are!
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.
I have been learning alsorts of new folds over the last few weeks and I thought I would share one with you. If you follow me on instagram you might have seen it already but if you don’t this is for you. Enjoy!
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!
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.
Today has been all about folding again. I’m slowly working my way through the two books I shared yesterday to see which shapes and folds I like the best. I’m still very excited by the no glue or stitching idea which todays books are too.