Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Barbara Simler (Edition 4, Group 3) -- Introduction
I signed up for the title "ghosts", and have been having a fine time reading up on the subject: Victorian spirit photography, sightings of ghosts, old graveyards, the Oxford English Dictionary definitions of the word "ghost", various drawings and photos of ghosts, and so forth. Where has it gotten me? Well, I have various sketches and doodles, and a fascinating collection of old photos.
Also, an idea that might possibly work for my contribution to group 3. This is my first time doing an edition -- most of my bookworks have been one of a kind books, so thinking in terms of an edition tied my brain up in knots a bit. I came up with a few ideas, but they were generally too elaborate to do as an edition. And the ideas that seemed simple enough weren't all that interesting. Also, there was an extended fixation on doing an accordion book, even though in the back of my mind I knew this was not going to be an accordion book. In other words, the usual preliminary muddles. But now I think I know what direction I'm going to go in, and how it fits the overall idea behind Edition 4. More details about that later....