This project was inspired by my first Wild Book, in which I sewed thin layers of driftwood onto the paper. The combination of rubber-stamped pictures, copper sheeting, and stitching gives this book a unique feel. It suggests the craziness that can be found in professional kitchens and restaurants during the peak hour of business. When I was working in Europe as a professional chef and later as a head-server, there were times when walking into the kitchen felt just like the look of these pages. Still—even though knives are swirling through the air—there is a lightness and playfulness that you will always find in the back of the house of well-run operations with great people around who love their job and who just want to create the most delicious fusion of flavors for their guests’ palette.
The pictures are rather random to make this wild book even wilder.
|Title||The Wild Book|
|Place of Publication||San Francisco, CA|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Tunnel book. Pictures are rubber-stamped by hand on Somerset paper, using stamp pads with archival ink. Small pieces of copper sheeting sewn to the paper. Panels are cut out by hand. Machine stitching is used as a design element and to add stability to the structure.|
|Medium/ Materials||Lokta paper, Somerset paper, glassine paper, copper sheeting, rubber-stamped pictures, stitching|
|Paper Stock||Nepalese Lokta paper, Somerset paper, glassine|
|Number of Pages||Four Panels|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||8.5 x 6 x 8 inches expands out to approximately 8 inches long|
|Edition Size||Open edition|
|Signed and Numbered?||Yes|