Finally some of my work in progress for the book. The first thing that inspired me from the poem was the subtle traces left behind by the person who had left. Then I started to think about the body as an abandoned building and what would happen to it if it was left untouched. Mould, rust, dust, cobwebs etc. If your body was like an abandoned building and you were left alone, would you rust up, become covered in cobwebs and go mouldy?
The book which I think I will call - 7 Signs of Absence - (I think the Olay advert - the 7 signs of ageing - somehow got stuck in my head!) also connects up with other work I have been doing about 'Traces Left Behind' which explores ideas about emotional/mental wounds being shown as physical manifestations.
When I first signed up for the book club I was thinking do I really have time for this? I have so much stuff I need to do and I work full-time, but it has worked out that ideas that have been rattling round my head have now become consolidated into this book and become a cohesive piece of work rather than random thoughts. Its given me a much needed kick up the ass to do stuff.
I am currently working on Rust and hope it progresses quicker than the mould did! I also want to do blind embossed text on the cover, so far my experiments aren't looking half as good as Sara's boxes.
I am also trying a new binding that I haven't done before which is Pamphlet stitch with a hardcover. I've made a practice one using notes from 2 books [Creative Bookbinding by Pauline Johnson and Hand Bookbinding: A Manual of Instruction by Aldren A. Watson]. I was pretty happy with the result, but I tipped in the endpaper and it didn't work out to well. I think I will sew in the endpaper and it will be neater. Any advice about this type of binding if anyone's done it would be welcome!