14 June 2012
I had put aside the paper until recently when I was experimenting with beeswax. I dipped the sheets in a tray of molten beeswax. Some sheets I submerged entirely, others I dipped halfway or two-thirds of the way. When they had cooled, I placed the sheets between blotter paper and ironed off the excess beeswax.
The beeswax intensified the translucency of the paper and the imbedded images. When folded and stacked, the eyes were visible through several layers. The result is a delicate, but surprisingly strong book.
Week No. 2
single signature, 10 pages
handmade Kozo paper, linocuts, beeswax
7.25 x 7.25"
09 June 2012
07 June 2012
It's summertime in the studio and in an effort to get back in the groove of making stuff (and get out of my head...) I've given myself a challenge: make a book a week.
This book evolved out of a finding a discarded library book of The Four Books of Architecture by Andrea Palladio. Originally published in Venice in 1570 AD, it is considered one of the greatest treatises on classical architecture.
The images became a construct of Palladio's architectural ideal-- I used over 30 illustrated plates to construct the panorama and two dozen floor plans for the verso. It is a city that doesn't exist, but a city that reminds me of Rome or parts of Paris or someplace I've never been.
Week No. 1
collage, simple accordion, 12 panels
32 x 4.5" opened