'American Dream' exhibition)
Fishbone fold and Fibonacci ( above)
Jenny Smith laser cut folded books ( above and below)
Stef Mitchell ' Field and Hedgerow' fold out books ( above and below)
Claire had a number of print outs of instructions for different structures, and made photocopies of our monoprints /drawings to work with , time to have a go!
I was pleased with nested accordion/ 'slinky book' folds and my first attempt at covering boards with paper, definately one to explore further.
Mostly though I experimented with the simple folded one sheet - this one was made from failed painting from earlier EDAM class based on photo from Puglia with photocopy of the same painting glued to the back. I cut through in various places inspired by Jenny Smiths books
The same approach used on another failed painting didn't work so well - the round holes a bit clunky in comparison with the slots and lines of the drawing of the bamboo structure.
The second session of making artists books was a workshop where we explored ideas further.
I wanted to have a go at making a ' star tunnel book' following instructions in my copy of ' cover to cover' by Shereen Laplantz only to find it didn't meet up ! Patti explained that it would if I added on more paper , it takes a lot more strips than you think ( her wonderful version ( below) showed how it should look like!)accordion sketchbooks , folding and cutting 1 sheet of paper. I particular like the one I did using a photocopy of a print from collage class.
I'd brought in examples of previous book making including the sewn ones from Dorothy Caldwell masterclass ( above) and the ' Australian reverse accordion piano hinge' booklets from Alice Fox workshop ( and my subsequent home -steamed drawings )
This cunning method of combining simple 1 page book structures proved popular and I showed several people how to do it
It worked particularly well with photocopies of my prints ( 'zine' approach) , exploring 1 structure and letting the prints speak for themselves.