I SAY UNTO YOU THAT I AM A BINDING CHAMPION!!! Despite last week’s demoralizing mold episode and subsequent defeatist post, I shook off the spores and bound VICTORIOUSLY! I made progress on three projects this week. Perhaps you’d like to see photos of my illustrious efforts? BEHOLD, MY ILLUSTRIOUS EFFORTS!
VICTORIOUS BINDING (Project No. 1)
I made a very first mockup for the New Idea that I am working on with Dave Allen. The rough tests we produced before he returned to the states have been sitting in a drawer making me feel bad, and so, LIKE A CHAMPION, I CREATED A BOOK OUT OF THEM WITH MY BARE HANDS. These are the very early stages of design, and just about everything is going to change, but I do think the tall & narrow format of the book suits our aims, which include creating human forms out of data. (more details on all of that later)
VICTORIOUS BINDING (Project No. 2)
I VICTORIOUSLY made the boxes for three more copies of the deluxe edition of Fond this week, two of which have already sold and need to go to their new homes. The pine cone, the button, and the little yellow car are now all housed in special compartments alongside the book and the prints. These boxes are difficult but hugely satisfying to make. Here is the pine cone box in an early stage:
Six out of ten of these deluxe copies are finished. I’m going to shift gears this week and get back to binding copies of the standard edition of the book. The total edition size is 75 copies and I’d like to push through and bind them all in the next couple of months. LIKE A CHAMPION!
VICTORIOUS BINDING (Project No. 3)
Why make one book when you can make ten? Because I am a VICTORIOUS BINDING CHAMPION and an multiples addict, I am editioning the book I created for the Ideation by Chance exhibition at the Seager Gray Gallery in California. Two more copies (for a grand total of three out of ten) are now complete.
Yes, things are feeling a little more upbeat over here this week . More binding and some teaching at the London Centre for Book Arts coming up in the next few days. And soon. . . a printing press? Watch this space. (BEHOLD, THIS SPACE!!!)