Copies of "The Clearing" have already been mailed to my fellow Group Two-ers, and now that I know at least one of them has made it to Australia (thank you for reporting in, Terence), I wanted to finish up with a little posting for the entire group. This has been a VERY interesting experience!
As I pondered the title and what this book should be, I kept thinking about trying a tunnel structure for the first time (always a good idea when you are also tackling an edition for the first time…NOT!). I thought about how it might be nicely mysterious to peer through a dark forest into a clearing, to spy on some mysterious goings-on. What would be happening? Didn’t know then, still don’t. And I had to get it done by April (not because I'm diligent, but because I am lucky enough to be travelling most of the summer).
So for the last three months I experimented with the tunnel structure, modifying it slightly (to make it conducive to repetition, avoid the bowing that some tunnel techniques seem to involve, and make it somewhat stable). I bought a lot of blades for my X-acto knife, collaged up a storm, and worried about my rudimentary bookbinding skills. It felt rrrreally satisfying to glue that final stamp on the last book package!
So, here it is.
In its final form, “The Clearing” is a six-panel collaged and paper-cut tunnel book created in an edition of ten. Covers are black cloth-covered boards; the cover title block is created from a photo I took outside my house last year. The endpapers are copies of the first page of a letter written in 1934 by one of my husband’s Swedish ancestors to his grandmother in North Dakota. Paper cord and a decorative metal button form the book closure.
The tunnel panels reveal a forest clearing in which two robed figures are huddled. They are guarded by owls and wolves. A glassine pocket on the inside cover houses several items: a ribboned tag which serves as the colophon, a small vintage photograph (a different photo in each book), and a folded map – clues, perhaps, as to where and what the clearing might be.
Cheers all, Lynn