It is not often that Fiona and I find ourselves on different wavelengths but this was one of those times. We met today to begin the ninth of our collaborative books. A burnt book. My understanding was that we would each burn our pages and then swap half of them Fiona's was that we would each work on our own pages and then after the exchange, we would burn them!
Both of us were more than willing to scrap our work and start again but really that is contrary to the nature of our collaboration and so in some manner yet to be determined, we will use my burnt pages and Fiona's written pages, to make our books. We decided to roll along the bends or curves that have been thrown at us and not see them as stop signs. Actually we are both pretty excited about this one as it has endless possibilities as we have never imposed rules.
I think it is quite an exciting starting point and my challenge will be to get the book looking like 'me' when Fiona's beautifully strong work is so much her. As Fiona says - burn and deconstruct. The photographs show this readily and without need for elaboration. The pages are 50cm by 15cms, seven of them each. Quite large, but who knows how they will rearrange themselves.
Watch this space but not in any rush as we both have a fairly frenetic time ahead. The books will meet at the end of January though you may have peeks along the way.