At the moment I'm spending a lot of time thinking about our final show .. I have a pretty definite idea of what I want to make and have started it already in the hope of avoiding a last minute panic... As I was told in my interview nearly two years ago 'books are slow'.
There is so much to consider but rightly or wrongly I'm working out some of the practicalities first.... It's no good making a book for a show then trying to figure out how to display it ...more importantly how do I encourage the viewer to engage with a book long enough to get something from it? Plus living 2 hours from uni makes dragging a plinth on the train less than an attractive prospect. If I can sort out the details then I can relax and really enjoy the process of making.
I have also been working on some altered ladybird books....They are very satisfying though there is still the twinge of guilt at taking knife to paper. I think for me the cutting is the equivalent of doodling.. while my hands are busy my brain is doing its thing in the background with ideas seeming to flow easier when I'm not consciously trying. The idea is not completely formed so won't give anything away just yet but maybe later.
The book was made using altered photocopied extracts from John Bowlby's 'The making and breaking of affectional bonds.' The text was gradually cut away leaving small sections to produce a narrative. The cover is grey silk and lined with red handmade paper.
It is displayed complete with the removed text - the potential for reparation is still really important to me.
I'm following my bliss.