In 2014 I learned how to build a book. In a woodworking workshop, architect/poet/artist Susan Collard taught a room full of fascinated book artists how to use materials usually associated with construction sites (plywood, poplar, birch, wood glue, glass and metal) and tools more at home in a woodshop rather than a book bindery (a drill press, vise clamps, wood and metal saws, sandpaper and something wonderful called a compound miter saw). She helped us translate construction techniques—shadow-box framing, doors and windows— into book-like form.
This book began in that workshop and was later re-worked and expanded to become a little book about the power of letting go. Covers are collaged wood, binding is codex-style with kozo paper and recycled Tyvek. Book pages are constructed from mica and various thicknesses of poplar and birch, embellished with paper collage, little doors, and found metal objects. Credit for creation of the basic structure and clever binding style goes to Susan Collard, a great teacher and wonderful book artist.
|Place of Publication||Mercer Island, WA|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Collage with inkjet images, ephemera, etc|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Adhesive binding with kozo paper and Tyvek|
|Medium/ Materials||Poplar, birch plywood, mica, metal scraps, plastic letter charms, hand-painted Tyvek|
|Paper Stock||Kozo and Tyvek for binding, scrap packing paper.|
|Number of Pages||7 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||3.75 x 4.875 x 3.25 inches closed.|
|Signed and Numbered?||Signed by the artist|