So this was the impetus for a reorganisation of my art studio and storage room, starting with the recent acquisition of new plan drawers in which to store my extensive paper collection. And I've continued to use that energy to keep sorting through the rest of my studio.
Sorting through folios, I've found heaps of prints. Mostly reject monoprints from past series, where I've sold the best ones and I'm left with the not-so-good ones. The ones where the composition or colours aren't quite right, they don't work as a whole but have plenty of interesting marks and textures. Not a frame-able masterpiece but not worth shredding for the compost bin.
These are the prints that are destined to become artist books. Cut down, folded, glued and taped - they become a new object with a fresh story.
I saw an interesting book design on facebook. The book starts with a hexagon shape (I love hexagons!), with 3 valley folds and 1 mountain fold. The hexagons can be joined all facing in the same direction so the book stands up on its own (as per my examples) or you can alternate the direction of the hexagons for an interesting 'reading' experience.
Here's photos of a couple of artist books that I've made recently using that design. It was an experiment just for fun to see what these old prints could give me second time around.
Ok now its time to get back to sorting, labeling, shredding, and adding to the growing pile of goodies to donate.......
|My new plan drawers, filled with my papers and labeled appropriately.|
Now that I can find all of my papers, I know I DON"T need any more ...!
|Looking down at the book of Scrub Turkey images,|
turkeys running in all directions :-)
|The covers of the book were made with mat board offcuts|
and covered with prints
|One of the pages of the turkey book,|
showing the folds
|Another book of the same design, this time|
using prints from a Silvereye series.
|Another view of the Silvereye book,|
I love the textures and imagery in this one.