Sunday, December 27, 2009

last minute card and libris

Tonight we are going to a homecoming celebration for a couple who just got married, our friends daughter married a Sri Lankan and I believe this is a Sri Lankan custom. I bought a gift before Christmas but this morning decided I should make a card to go with it, so I dusted off the vat and grabbed the pulp that was left over from my Christmas cards from the fridge and made some sheets for the basis of the card. Luckily I had some cast pieces from another project so I painted them with irridescent medium this morning and am just waiting for the paper to dry before putting the card together. I have a choice of three symbols, the Maori fish hook or is it a spiral? The fish hook symbolizes prosperity and the spiral new beginnings. Both appropriate for a wedding greeting.

The Hindi prana which means life force.

And the endless knot which according to a book I have called The Secret Language of Symbols means continuity, longevity and eternity also appropriate for a wedding card although I'm not 100% happy with the original carving of this one so I think I'll go with the Maori one.

The paper I made before today's batch was for samples for the Deckle Edge (Papermakers of Victoria magazine) and I made red watermarked banana fibre paper since the next edition is going to be dedicated to banana and I had some in my freezer. Here are the removable watermark templates, blutac on fibreglass flyscreen and the stacks of samples.

The wider strips of blutack showed me where to tear the paper to get five strips per sheet, I tore the strips in half so that 15 sheets gave me the required 150 samples.
I was very disappointed that my book was not accepted into the Libris Awards and my proposal to talk about artists who use handmade paper in their work has been ignored even though I both emailed and posted a copy in good time for the deadline for proposals I haven't even had a response. I was hoping to improve the status of papermaking but I guess that is not going to happen it seems that printmakers do rule! in the Aussie artist book scene anyway.
Here are some pics of my book which is not quite finished but the impetus is gone now, I am waiting for a Japanese translation of the haiku I wrote to go in the book.

Here is the cover of the slipcase made from hemp paper with hemp string embedded inside, the catch is a bone piece with hemp string.
The slipcase is lined with a digital print of ferns on hemp paper and the book is kozo with fern bound with hemp string in a toji or stab binding.
Endpapers have ferns embedded.
Text and images are printed on hemp paper and woven into the kozo pages.


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Carol said...

Sorry to hear about the Libris Awards, first about your book but also that they didn't respond to your proposal! I like the look of your book, especially as it's on one of my favourite plants. I've been collecting fern photos for years with the intention of making books but of course, have done nothing at all. Your Maori fish hook is a really lovely image.

jo horswill said...

Hi Gail, love seeing all your work here.

Well I personally admire your courage to enter the Libris Awards!!!
The fact you didn't get a response is pretty slack, it's terrible how artists are treated!!! but maybe it goes to show the "integrity" of some of these comps or the people running them!!!

Love the ferns...they remind me of home.

Jan Allsopp said...

Love the Maori symbol you made. The blutak on the wire gauze is brilliant. That red is divine. There is something about stacks. A stack of a delightful thing, like your paper, is exponentially lovely.

Papergail said...

Thanks everyone for your responses, I needed a bit of a grumble.

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Anonymous said...

The red paper ROCKS!
Also loved the ferns. I did a digital art project with ferns and the variety and intricacy is amazing.

Anonymous said...

It was rather interesting for me to read that article. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

Antonella said...

These are so incredibly beautiful - sorry about the libris awards (but their loss).
Hugs, antonella :-)

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