Sunday, July 27, 2014

#67 Mise en place (signed, sealed & delivered)




Countless cubes and months later, my BookArtObject title, Mise en place, has finally been designed, printed, scored, trimmed, folded, packaged up & sent into the world.

The process of creating a finished book from that first tiny seed of an idea is always quite an undertaking. I was grateful for the loose deadline afforded by BAO; though I somewhat abused it, the piece was able to take as long as it needed to find its natural conclusion. 

I finished production of the BAO edition just before leaving for the US in early June, and decided I might as well send them from there since the recipients in my group all live in North America. But I didn't actually manage to get them mailed until the day I flew back to Italy—too much going on, and too many people & places to see! Everyone should have received them by now, so here are some photos...







The image above shows what each artist in my group would have found once they loosened the kitchen string used to tie up the small package. (The wrapping is one of those papers encasing the odd orange here in Italy; these are always kind of special to find, so I collect them) I also included a note written on a flat card printed with the pomegranate that appears on the first/largest little booklet-cube in the set. Via email each artist received instructions on how to assemble the accordion-folded booklets into a set of four gradated cubes ranging from 5x5x5 to 8x8x8 centimeters (just under 2" to a little over 3").

I am continuing to sort through the notes I kept during the project, so more on the process/evolution/method/media—plus photos of the cubes assembled—yet to come...



5 comments:

Studio de Plume said...

Your work looks great, beautifully packaged in the orange wrapper tissue. It will be good to see more, as you mention, of the assembled cubes and to hear about the process. Thank you for posting this for us all to see. And congratulations on your finished project. Dorry Smallman, Book Artist.

Arzigogolare said...

Thanks, Dorry...
It was a bit tricky deciding how to present Mise en place, online because I have sent the cubes flat (i.e. folded into accordions), with the assembly being left to the recipient/reader (in keeping with the whole 'mise en place' concept). I do hope to consolidate the writings on my process - and show the assembled cubes - before too long!
- Lisa

Sending Pages Out to Dry said...

I received mine weeks ago and opened them at our paper arts studio (Paper Trail Art Center) here in Atlanta to a round of applause. It is a lovely piece, very easily constructed and so clever.
Well worth the wait, Lisa. Thanks for sending them!
Alicia

Arzigogolare said...

Thanks, Alicia - sorry to not answer sooner...I just saw your comment on my followup post and am properly answering you there...
- Lisa

Margaret Cooter said...

I too collect orange papers, started in the early 90s when they were plentiful and beautiful ... now they are few and far between, and rather dull on design. Your use of them for wrapping is a lovely touch.