When thinking about the making of this book about connections I was thinking about threads and the Chinese thought that those who are destined to meet are connected by a red thread. For me though, I feel like deep connections are more like bundles - concepts with more substance and weight.
I think those bundles are filled with stories or our lives, those things that are most important to us or impact on us, a bundle full of emotions that are revealed over time, often just fragments of tales rather than the whole. A complex weighty mix that connects two people.
I am sure I could work with greater depth on this subject but once again, time has been short this week and so though a book is made an idea is created for exploration at a later date. Maybe.
This book reads in both directions - I drew it in one way, and then when I stuck the ends down into the fold back covers from the accordion below, I embossed my mark on the end page before realising that I had the work upside down. I actually like it both ways so have embossed my mark on both ends. Simple solution.
Some books are just fun to play with and to photograph. This is one of those where shadows and light play powerfully with the negative space. I decided against sewing the two concertina layers together which means when the book is upright, you can 'read' the back of the page as well. The background is an engraving print which I often use in this manner - as a layer upon which to build. The artwork as such was done with French Conte crayon which is deliciously creamy and can be worked from rich darks to translucent.
The soft creamy yellow is from the lighting and not part of my work but it reminds me very much of Rosemary Gascoyne's pallet and is inspiring me to intentionally introduce some of this soft yellow to my work.