Okay, sorry I've been away so long. I've spent a month making an 'artists' book.
Ahh, before I get jumped on..... that doesn't mean that I'm claiming to be an artist. It just means that I am making a book in the style of an artist's book. They are quite fashionable here. I can tell that because my local art shop no longer sells much art stuff like paints etc. It sells craft things. And all really, really, really really expensive. So expensive that us poor people can no longer afford to be painters - so it's lucky they don't sell paint.
See, it's a self fulfilling prophecy.
Now of course the book is fantastic. As you no doubt guessed from the above image, it's a rewrite of the Hansel and Gretel story from a feminist perspective with particular emphasis on diverse destinies and the intimate relationship of the the melodious noise the witch makes (as she is being burnt to death) to the alto tenor solos heard in many Post Modernist operas....
Before I started this 'artist's' book, I realised I didn't have a clue what I was doing, so I spent several minutes on an intensive internet search of book making methods. After much aaghing and ooohing and bottom scratching I decided to go with the Japanese Folding style book (JSFB).
Now why a JFSB?
Well, to my simple mind it looks easy. No fancy doody Coopernook stitches, no expensive book braces, no arithmetical challenges trying to work out how many folios of blindfolded flour pages I would need for a 17 and a half tonne tome. All I needed was a realy, really, really, really long piece of paper.
Well, the best laid plans of men and mice doth go astray.
Now if you don't know Japanes Folding books they are one step removed from scrolls. The difference being is that the JSFB is not rolled, but folded like an accordion.
The book is about 5o pages long (not bad for four weeks work) and each page is landscaped A4 at 297mm long. So that means, from beginning to end, the book is approximately 15 metres long.
15 Meters? That's where the fun starts.
Now the last time I played with glue and bits of paper I was about six and young enough to make the discovery that glue tasted pretty good. Apart from that, I recall that I was master of the wrinkle stick, the bubble grab, and the 'oh my thumb's stuck to the back of my ear' move..
Now a lot more than forty years later I have rediscovered that, although I can no longer lick the glue off my toes, I am still am a crappy "gluer."
Ahh, but why am I telling you this? It's because I have this theory that I need to put stuff in the blank black spaces between images.
But the really interesting part about making this book is this: You see, I have discovered that only people who live in really long houses will be able to read it.
Okay, enough rambling.
About this image?
Okay. To be truthful it's Giselda. You know, that girl who was imprisoned in the tower and forced by an old witch named Mary to spin gold into straw.
In this image Giselda has discovered that, by deconstructing her brother's push-bike and adding the pedals to the Spinning wheel, she can do the job in half the time.
The raven's are, of course the witches pets, left there to spy on the girl's technique.
Soon, courtesy of her push-bike pedal discovery (PBD), she will soon be replaced by machines and lose her job. She will then be given in wedlock to the first woodsman who wanders by. The woodman will feel sorry for her because of her left eye traumatic cataract, and the really bad scar she has at the base of her neck. They will have eighteen children, all of which will eventually become associated, in some way or the other, with various medical professions.
Thank you so much for looking at my work. Recently I had the honour of having some work posted, along with the wonderful image maker Ces, on Illustration Poetry.
One of the images from my artist's book is there.
Thanks Mita, you rock :)