I’m digging through old notes today to gear up for a talk I am giving on Sunday afternoon at the Otis College of Art and Design. (Are you in Los Angeles? Perhaps you’d like to come!) and have found some old sketches for early projects. Below you can see some very early drawings for The Index, a book I designed and printed while in graduate school at The University of Alabama MFA in the Book Arts program in 2005.
By the way, here is my favorite thing about that drawing above:
The drawings continue while I work out how to make the book fold/unfold.
finally settling on the “snake book” map fold below:
And here is the finished book, which unfolds to 5’6″ tall.
In the end the text I chose was an anatomical index (hence the name of the book) with all of the male parts removed. This book was printed from linoleum blocks and polymer plates in an edition of 45.
I may post some other excavations after the lecture. It is fun to go through all of this old material. I only wish that all my first mockups weren’t packed up in boxes in Delaware. I leave for California on Friday, but before then something very exciting will be delivered on Thursday afternoon. Details on that to come.
So interesting to follow the whole process from drawings to finished piece—thanks Sarah!
Thank you, Bob! I am glad you find it interesting! I have a fantasy about one day laying out all of the mockups for all of my books in chronological order on a long table somewhere.
Wonderful post. Wish I lived closer to LA!
Me too! This week at least!
(both the final outcome and the presentation of the creative process…)