Friday, July 16, 2010

More books and another class

I start another class at St Steven's in Ringwood next Saturday 24 July, this time we are doing Coptic/Celtic, W binding, piano hinge and sewing onto tapes.

These are the books I made with the rusted papers I talked about in my last post, I already had the handmade paper I used for the covers. I had couched a doily onto recycled paper then rusted and splashed with a little indigo. I coated the covers with shellac to seal the paper and make the covers more resilient.
 This one I made with the silk I attached to shoji paper some time ago. The lining is a photocopy of the silk onto handmade recycled paper.
These are some paper I made in a workshop with Amanda Degener using walnut dye and indigo on flax paper.
The paper in this one is a sample of solar printing and once again the lining is a photocopy of the cover. All of these are variations on two needle Coptic and Celtic binding, many with hemp thread and apart from the rusted books the paper inside is Hannemuhle, they are now all for sale at Tussock in Point Lonsdale.

I have been working on a few other things since my last post, most notably a custom made box for a Nick Mount perfume bottle, the perfume is called tarantella and is made by Tommi Sooni.
This is it nearly finished, I needed to change the closing mechanism for the doors but it is now in its new home.
The other things I've been working on are a book for the Atlas exhibition at Artisan Books and an exquisite palette for a show at St Luke's. I have used well beaten ginger lily for both pieces and for the palette piece I dyed it red, yellow and blue and worked from one colour to the next. These are the left over sheets from the first batch, I love the way they sit together. I have plans for the sheets but I don't like separating them they look so good in a stack. I used the uncoloured ginger lily paper in my piece for Atlas and I was finally able to use an A2 pulp painting that I dropped on the ground.

The artist statement had to be 20 words so here is mine The god Atlas stands in the landscape holding up a world made from an atlas.



ronnie said...

I love the stack of orangish/reddish pages..... very sculptural!

and the coptic/celtic bound are a real treat

I hope I get something 'atlas-ish' finished in time (oops - forgot about annual artists books exhibition at artisan for the second year in a row ....... agggghhhh!)

cheers from sams creek


Papergail said...

Hi Ronnie,
you still have the weekend! Closing date is next Tuesday.

A mermaid in the attic said...

Gail, these are gorgeous, and I love that stack of rich, vibrant reds.

p.s. I still have your books and I HAVEN'T forgotten, but I've been flat out and also I'm still trying to decide what they need in the way of embellishments. I'm actually starting to think the reason why I can't decide is because they actually DON'T NEED anything at all!

Papergail said...

Thanks Christina,
I must admit I beleive in the kiss principle as a rule so if you would like to send one back you can keep one or if inspiration stikes that is fine too.