It prompted me to think again of how to display my little books. I wondered about making a box to contain the books, perhaps in the shape of a bucket, with perhaps the first or last lines of the poem written on the spade. The books could nestle in the bucket, perhaps on a bed of sand. Another idea I had was for a large book with hollowed out spaces to contain the little books. However, neither of these would use the fishing net, which I very much like as part of the whole thing. A friend suggested using the fishing net as a hammock which could contain the little books. That seemed a good idea too, although I didn't particularly want to do it. However, considering other ways of displaying it helped me to realise that the picture background of sky, sea and sand was important to me as an integral part of the whole work.
So, following some of Sian's suggestions, I tried out various ideas for backgrounds, things that used some of the topics and techniques earlier in this module. Laying the net over some drawn thread work samples made me realise that this would be too busy and detract from the net and little books. The same applied to a large square frame which I had wrapped with string and applied paper pulp. The latter, however, was closer to what I had in mind.
|184.108.40.206 - a rejected idea|
I did like the look of the net over the paper pulp, although I wanted something simpler with bands to represent the sky, sea and sand.
One thing I realised was that my original canvas was too large for the size of the little books. I tried a smaller canvas and tried Sian's idea of using bands of paper pulp. I covered it with strips of hand made paper, some which had been bonded onto drawn thread fabric, and spooned on some dyed paper pulp as well. I was pleased with the result.
|220.127.116.11 The front and back covers of the shell book|
For the pages, I tried making some silk paper and then painting it with a mixture of acrylic wax and irridescent acrylic medium to capture the irridescence of the nacre inside the shell. I machine embroidered the wording in a dark blue metallic thread (echoing the sea). I made each page double and bound the book as a simple signature. I attached the pages to the book by stitching the front and back pages to the inside of the front and back covers. This stitching (simple oversewing on the edge of the page) made the page look better and so I hand oversewed each page of the book.
17.4, 1..5 and 17.6 show various views of the completed book.
|18.104.22.168 An overview of everything I've done so far.|
My next tasks will be:
- Make the other three books
- Decide how the first and last lines of the poems will be displayed. The first line I thought could be written in the clouds, the last on a piece of "seaweed" caught in the net. I tried making a piece of seaweed out of silk paper but it was too fluffy to have the right texture, I think perhaps painted tracing paper - some experimenting to do...
- Work out how to secure the net and books to the canvas board securely but discreetly. My thoughts are running along perhaps jewellery findings so that each book could be unhooked to look at.
- Assemble the final piece.
The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.
© David Whyte & Many Rivers Press 2015