Thursday, December 29, 2011

Silly Video

I've had fun and games posting off my books for Edition Three Art & Lies: I got to the post office armed with customs declarations and remembered I hadn't actually addressed the envelopes... then I realised that it might not be completely obvious how to open the darned book, once you get it. That's my excuse for spending an hour or so putting together a video - my first YouTube upload! - for your pleasure. Editing, audio and credits are all down to my husband, who understands the technology. There is a soundtrack to the video: The Jags "Back of my Hand" from way back in the late 1970s, which I loved when I first heard it, and once I found it on a compilation CD which was my Christmas present to myself I realised I still love it.



Anyway, for those of you in the Art & Lies group, this is how you open and close my book! Of course, it could take anything up to two weeks for some of the books to get to you...

11 comments:

Anna Mavromatis said...

Beautiful book, 1st class video! Can't wait to hold it!

Angela said...

Wooo! Very exciting. It looks beautiful. I can't wait to get it. Another trip to the post office :-) Thanks Sara.

I'll need to pick your brains about the paper cutting too. I was thinking of doing some for my next book. Is it hand cut?

Sara Bowen said...

Thanks for the lovely comments! Yes, everything is hand cut, using my trusty Swann-Morton scalpel handle and number 10A or 11 blades. I now regard anything under 6 hours as do-able, which clearly shows I'm a masochist! My technique is to print or draw whatever it is I wish to cut out onto ordinary "office" paper. I make up jigs using off-cuts of mountboard and masking tape so that I can place the paper/card I wish to cut onto my cutting matin the same position each time, and I lay the printed paper over the top and tape it down too. Then I cut through both layers. I buy scalpel blades in boxes of 100 because you need to change the blade OFTEN! Much less tiring and aggravating if you can do that. I remember reading something about how Jewish Rabbinical scribes are "taught" never to make a mistake when copying out holy texts, so I try hard to be mindful as I'm cutting as there's nothing worse than throwing away 4 hours' work... and I pad the handle of the scalpel blade with cotton woll and masking tape to make it more comfortable to hold. Hope that helps.

dinahmow said...

Now that my writing/cutting is painfully slow I'm thinking of trying a scalpel(as opposed to the craft-y cutters I've been using)Where do you buy your Swann-Morton and blades, Sara?
Another tool-I-could-not-live-without is my tiny, fine scissors.Made, I believe, for the fly-tying fanatics, they are brilliant for making tiny nicks.

papergail said...

excellent tip about the cotton wool on the handle, I had a sore finger for days after spending maybe an hour cutting into photo mounted on watercolor paper.

Amanda said...

Beautiful book - can't wait for mine to arrive.
And I love your video. I'm really surprised I don't know the Jags. I'm pretty familiar with British music of that era. the singer sounds a lot like Elvis Costello, but I know it isn't.

ronnie said...

Di I don't know about sara - but I buy my scalpel supplies (handles/boxes of blades) at the local vet clinic... and I get them for cost..... too good (power of community)

I'm going to wait for the book to arrive in the mail before I look at the video (I want the thrill of NOT knowing what I'm meant to do - mediated by the knowledge there's a video out there to stop me from making a dreadful hash of things!)

Ampersand Duck said...

That was so sexy.

Hey, so many of our tips & tricks are in the comments... one day (one day...) we should start a rolling TIPS & TRICKS post and cut & paste them all into it, or even a series that can be always titled Tips & tricks so that it can be easily accessed by readers. Maybe a category on the header?

Sara Bowen said...

Aha! The Jags... if you're REALLY interested you can check out their write-up at http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2009/07/31/the-jags-power-goes-pop/, which will show you that they were forever cursed by the "sounds like Elvis Costello" tag - and made a rude comment about him, the naughty tikes. I've been bouncing round the studio today playing my CD full volume - it even made doing the accounts bearable!

Abigail Thomas said...

wow! excited!

Angela said...

Sara thanks for the detailed explanation of your cutting technique this is really helpful. 6 hours? Yes this does make you a masochist :-) How do you manage the curved bits? Do you ever use a scissors?