Matchbook number two

This book is also about Kochi. I began and ended my trip there so had collected many bits and bobs. But this book was particularly inspired by my new rubbish collecting friend Maggie (mentioned in a previous post). She gave me her plane ticket from Delhi to Kochi because I had told her how much I loved things that are stamped. Her ticket had three stamps all different shapes and colours so that was my starting point.

The rest is made up from tickets, newspaper cuttings and scraps of lottery tickets. The lottery seems to be a big thing in India, maybe its just the same all over the world. Most places I travelled through had stalls selling tickets. I started noticing little piles of torn up tickets at regular intervals which spoke to me about hope and then the crushing disappointment that can follow. We can often hang our hopes on something that turns out to be not what we thought or expected. I wanted to use these tiny pieces of paper and make them back into something good. They also have a lovely stamped bit so my aesthetic needs were met to!

I had found the matchbox cover but it was missing the draw/box bit so I needed to construct one to fit perfectly inside. Finally I used a section of a small map on the back of a flyer for a restaurant I had been recommended but never went to because on my first night in Kochi I discovered the most delicious aubergine and yogurt curry and ate it two nights running and subsequently dreamed of having it again on my return!

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…