'she had always wanted words,
she loved them:
grew up on them. Words gave her clarity,
brought reason, shape'
Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje has been one of my favourite writers for many years - you can read and re read his books as the language is so exquisite. Such a way with words - I am totally envious. As I am of many writers in fact.
With this project - 52 books this year, one a week - I do not have much time in-between to plot and plan but every now and then I find my stride with something and enjoy fiddling and thinking - making plans to return when time allows. One of the things I have been enjoying has been using some of my fathers old letraset as you will have seen in one of my earlier weekly books. I am also enjoying using words and not just imagery hoping people will sense all I am trying to way with my work. Words help in translation and add meaning, sometimes even guidance in appreciating a work. I think I have learnt this from my collaboration with Fiona Dempster over the years.
This week I actually made two of these books - one, I posted on Instagram and it is my least favourite. This book has a couple more pages and less busy embossing and is far more gentle and quiet.
To complete this book I made it a cover out of a lovely grey Magnani paper - can't remember what it was called! The books slips in from the left side.