It is so easy to be distracted in the studio isn't it! At present I am actually doing the research and raw sketching of ideas for a body of work on 'a sense of place' - large etchings mostly, with overlays and some collagraph work as well. As I am missing some essential tools, and waiting for a trip down to Brisbane on Friday, I have been pottering in the studio as you saw with the rusting, and have also just come back from a few restful days at the beach.
This little book was part of my distraction last week - whilst pondering what to do with the rusted paper I made. It is only just underway - not stitched just held together in a bundle to which I will probably add. I want to work the book as a single folio so needed to hold it together while I worked the pages. It has been fun bringing together some of the ideas revisited in Fiona's and my collaborative books - transparencies, piercing etc etc. However, some of my passions come here to play - broody dark pages and secret messages or meanings. It is a book for me so I can play as I will. What a delicious thought.
Strangely, though not so really, this tiny book holds many of the images and ideas I am working on for my etchings. I think there must be an overlap of ideas when one is working towards a body of work. The same ideas and thoughts just spill over into all that we do, even our playful distractions.
I think it is easy to see that I am having fun ..... and working with this colour palette is certainly my comfort zone. Mind you - I am seriously drawn to red this year .... if you look at my tumblr you will see how I can't resist pulling into the monochromatic play, gorgeous splashes of red. I think it may also be a response to seeing Fiona's subversive stitch book for Book Art Object. How I wish I had committed to doing one or two of those projects .... think of all the beautiful little artist's books that will result from the idea. Maybe next year.