Saturday, June 9, 2012

Book Twenty-Two

Book Twenty-Two
October 2000 - April 2001
Modified Sketchbook
Kept in Grantham's Landing, Canada
8.25" x 5.25" 196 pages. 

"Embrace the unwieldy" seems to have been the theme of this book. I was working in this one when I took a course in silkscreen printing. And so, naturally enough, the book would often be placed under the screen instead of a sheet of paper. Registration was more difficult, but the effect was great.

This one started life as a generic black sketch book. It grew over a few months and received a lot of poster  paint on art days with my daughter. It also received a lot of fragments found on the printshop floor at the school where I was studying printmaking. I covered it in leather, and, when dissatisfied with the edge, I used a thick copper wire to stitch the front. Rivets kept the back in place. It became stiff and very difficult to open, yet much more satisfying as an object.

I'm not a regular newspaper reader. But for a while, each time I opened the paper there was something fantastic in it. Like the headline "Man Punches Cougar in Head, Rescues Cyclist." Years later I mentioned this to a friend who works as an engineer on a tugboat. He knew the man and the story.

Here is a list of books.

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