So...how did I get to the final interpretation of Claire's poem? By a very roundabout route! I changed my mind more times than I changed my socks and this is winter, when I actually do wear socks!
This is the poem, written out on strips of A4 copy paper, just to see how long it would be. I did toy with it, but eventually decided against it.
The envelope fold (which I do still like very much) had to be discarded when I couldn't get replacement paper for some torn corners.
Yet another muck-up. I mean mock-up!
I did want to do original drawings in each book, but realised I couldn't replicate my drawings accurately 15 times! So I bit the bullet and scanned them, then printed them.
At some point I should tell you the "name" of my folded book. Um..I don't know that it has a proper name. I remember some wag at school handing in a maths paper on fractions which she'd folded thus and called " 16 sixteenths." And one of my books refers to this cut-and-fold as an "instant" book. I'm open to further suggestions. (Lord knows I called it quite a few different names as I measured and cut and folded!)
Ah, yes...paper string. Ordinarily, I'd roll this on my thigh. If it wasn't deep, cold winter! So the red string that fastens your little paper envelopes is tissue paper,scrunched into a ball then finger-twisted into a length of "string." (The cats helped.Of course.)
Yes, I have had moments when I wondered why I was doing this. But, in the end, I have to say it's been fun. Mostly. I finished with an edition of 15, which surprises me no little and quite some, to quote Damon Runyan.
I'm usually happier working alone, but having the blog as a sounding board is a great help. And I've had even greater help, locally, from Alison and email encouragement from Carol. Thanks, girls.
I forgot that not everyone in our BAO group (not to mention others who chance upon this blog!) will see the actual books, so here are some scans of the "inside" of my version of Paper Wrestling. The book can be read, in Western style, as a small book and can then be unfolded to reveal the poem, on the reverse. Paper size is A4.