I'm continuing on my pledge to reduce my stash of reject prints (as seen in my previous posts).
My latest artist book was inspired by my love of pollinators and native bees. A couple of years ago during experiments with polyester plate lithography, I created a bee drawing using crayon onto a litho plate. I wasn't real happy with the image, so I printed off a few test prints and never used them. Hence they ended up in my stash.
Recently I was re-introduced to a Winged Book structure. I remembered that a few years ago I had made a model based on instructions from Alisa Golden's wonderful book 'Making Handmade Books'.
So began the idea of my 'The Buzz of Bees' artist book. As well as prints, the book features a short piece of my writing 'The buzz of bees is the melody of the garden'. I wanted a positive message in my book, perhaps to offset all the negativity of recent world events. I used traditional letraset, the action of rubbing on the text is a cathartic experience as well as justifying my growing stash of letraset templates....!
Below are some photographs of the completed book and a discussion of my thought processes. Enjoy!
|The model book I had made. Very useful|
to refer to when making my artist books.
|'The Buzz of Bees' closed|
|The book open.|
There are 2 panels of bee prints and the
hexagon patterns were made using
hexagon stencils and gelatine monoprinting.
Simple repetitive printing, and I used a paper mask so I didn't
print over the bee images.
|I think that the 3D geometric structure of the concertina with the 'wings'|
describes the movement of the bee in and out of the hive.
You can almost here the buzz in the air as the bees go about
their daily routines.
|The concertina is made up of square papers, joined at|
the 'wings'. The difference between the model and my book is
that I didn't fold down the top of each square. The bottom
is folded up, with the reverse side showing, that's where the text is.