Sunday, January 3, 2010

Work In Progress

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!


Carol said...

Your dust and mould illustrations look very organic and I think your concept for your book is fascinating.

You've chosen two good basic bookbinding manuals to work from - I'd suggest others if I could get to my shelves but I can't. Is this a single pamphlet section? How do you plan to sew in your endpapers?

You could wrap each pair of endpapers around the outside of your pamphlet so that the outside one, that will be pasted down, has the side to be pasted facing the boards, and the inner set has the correct side facing the pastedowns. Well, if you can follow that you're doing okay. Sorry, teaching is not my forte, obviously. I'm sure the others will have ideas and probably express them far more clearly.
I think I'll move away from the computer now and make some mock-ups for my book.


Ida said...

Your work is progressing well. The idea of the residue of the missing person is very interesting. I know what you mean about the 'kick up the arse'. I think I need to get stuck back into it all now the year is here. I hope 'rust' turns out as well as 'mould'. Look forward to seeing it all come together.

SCB said...

Wow, Angela, this looks great! I love the ideas behind it and your books are beautifully made. Can't wait to get one! I'm really glad you're enjoying the process and that it's coming together for you. Hope to see more of it soon, Sara x

Angela said...

Thanks all.

Carol - I know what you mean, I've seen something similar in the Pauline Johnson book and the endpapers were sewn in. It showed 2 methods for sewn in endpapers. A single sheet endpaper (which was sewn in with the signature) and then was glued to the cover, and a double one - one sheet was glued to the cover and the second acted as fly sheet.

Mine will be just one signature with a pamphlet stitch. I'll make another small mock up to test it out. I also want to test out embossed text on the cover.

Yes Sara, I am really enjoying the process and its great to be exchanging ideas - everyone's work seems so different.

SCB said...

Angela, I didn't really say anything much about the embossed text on my boxes: I used a punch to cut out the letters from a really stiff piece of card which wasn't very thick - meant for oil painting I think. It helped make the edges of the letters more defined. The process itself isn't complicated, just long-winded as it seemed to take AGES for the bookcloth to adhere around each letter and spacing was a problem: too close and the bookcloth wouldn't 'go down' between the letters, and too far apart and they looked silly! The other way I've done it before is to carve out text from the cover board and impress the bookcloth into it. I think the results were better, perhaps because it was easier to use a bone folder to stretch the bookcloth into the dents... I did it freehand, using a scalpel to cut out the letters into the board. Don't know if that helps, but that was the process! Have fun, Sara x

Amanda said...

Hi Angela,
This is such an interesting approach - and your try-outs for binding look great. I join the line with the others looking forward to seeing how it all progesses and what the final outcome will look like.
As a bit of an aside, I thought you might be interested in the work of Hannah Bertram, who is a friend I studied with at RMIT. She hasn't made any books yet, although we have talked about it, but she does work with ideas of "trace", and has made some wonderful dust works.

Angela said...

Thanks Amanda. Hannah's work is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing everyone else's stuff if anyone has anything to show?

M.M.E. said...

These are stunning! I'm so in love with your work. I'm glad I found your blog and I can't wait to see what you post next.

Angela said...

Thank you Megan. There is a group of us working together on this blog and we are each creating a set of artists books which we will exchange with each other.

ronnie said...

hiya angela - I'd menat to drop a note and say wowee! but you know how things are this time of the year....

I love the way your ideas are gelling - and isn't it interesting to see everyones different interpretation/approach.

I don't know if I have the goods to offer any advice regards the endpapers - but the first method of pamphlet binding I was shown years ago (with a NSW craft bookbinder,oops I can't think of her name, as part of a Diploma of Western Calligraphy believe it or not) involved sewing the endpapers in as an integral part of the pamphlet signature - we sewed in 2 endpapers - one to glue down in to the inner covers - the other to act as fly just as you described - the only thing different that I was shown was - on the absolute outside of the signature we sewed another 'page' - this was of strong heavier weight but not precious paper - this acted as the inital paste down for the cover boards (pretty much like you've got in this model - only with endpapers sewn into the signature as well) - soooo the boards were attached to these outer signature papers, the spine cloth added, boards covered in whatever (cloth, paper...) THEN the outer endpapers were pasted down to the inner cover (no more unsightly heavy paper) - and no need to paste down the second endpaper as the whole structure is very securely attached

geeez that's a long winded explanation of a very simple thingy that I've no doubt everyone has seen and done!

I'm really looking forward to seeing how this one works out - I'm sure that it will be terrific!


dinahmow said...

oops! I got a bit hung-up with all the other things and days not being where they should be...
I do like your dust and rust; will very much looking more closely at this.
Do I have any photos yet? Um-n0, but maybe next week I'll have a mock-up. I did take a photo of some early sketches, but they would be quite meaningless to anyone else!

Angela said...

Oops! Didn't see these posts till now. Ronnie that sounds like a good method, I was thinking sewing in the endpapers would be better. I think I will have to try what you said in a mock up format with scraps before I get it straight in my head. I like the idea of the strong heavy paper on the very outside of the signature, it sounds like it would give a really good finish.

Rust is very slow at the moment, but I have found an excellent tip on the web on how to get rust really quickly by using copper sulphate. Just need to source some and try it maybe this weekend....??

Anyone else get any work in progress? Dinah?