Although I have made probably 2/3 of them, this 1995 book The Last Portrait, is on the back burner (unless I turn up the heat.) The reason is the concertina binding I chose. While I love the way the pages open out, and the physical sense of it, I do not love the precise folding aspect and how easy it is to get off-kilter in the folds. I certainly do not love it to the point of doing nothing else till the books are done. I may have gotten better at folding over the years; time to make another run at it, perhaps.
A few years ago, I enlisted my dad's help getting some of them made, but even he grew tired. Helen, you mentioned that you are a stained glass window maker. My parents were stained glass artists in the 1970s in the historic town of Frederick, Maryland USA. I'm sure this was influential in my awareness of craft and art in general. I remember those being the best years of my childhood, going to craft shows, hanging out in the shop, etc. I am including a picture of my absolute favorite window by my dad, James Russell, called "New Beginnings." I have quite a few pieces in my home and this is one of them.
I realized in my introduction post that I completely forgot to mention my location, group and title. I hail from the middle of the USA. I am a part of Group 5, and my title is Throwaway. Recently, I have been working with recycled materials and thinking about our "throwaway culture." You can see some use of materials over my website (caveworkspress.com), at this point it is mainly an altered book that is a "pocketbook."
I have been collecting cereal boxes, which started when I saved them for a fellow letterpress printer who makes greeting cards. As I packed them up, I thought why not keep collecting and use these for one of my own projects?
There is the consideration of archival materials. This material would not be, and I have to think about that and what it means to work with such "throwaway" materials. So much to ruminate over!