Friday, June 20, 2008

Book is finished!

I wish I had kept up with the number of hours it literally took to create this book. I have been working on it daily 8 days and several of those were all day. Here is the finished book. The photos are the greatest but you get the idea.

Things I learned... suede is a bear to sew. It's not as easy as I'd thought it would be so I spend hours sewing with a pair of pliers. When making my cover this time, I allowed for fabric overhangs from the pages when deciding on a size. I wouldn't do that next time... I'd let all the stuff hang out past the cover. And, the number one thing I'd do next time is make sure the book is in the right position when attaching the cover... I realized after it was too late, that I'd added the cover on (which was done last) with the book pages upside down and backwards. I can't begin to tell you how sick I felt. I had to sit down and take a cry before calling Fran, my best friend, to calm me down. There was no way to re-do the book once I'd added the cover because I'd glued the covers to the suede before stitching it. It's permanent. At this moment, I'm glad my strength in my art is creating balance. I spent so much time on each page making sure it was not only balanced in composition but color elements as well. So, unless someone is REALLY looking, no one would know the pages are upside down. But it makes me sick to look at them. I planned the composition so carefully the "right" way. Oh well, this was my first fabric book, the first made like this, so it was a learning process... but oh, the time it took to make. It was a costly lesson that I'll never let happen again!

Anyway, if you were wondering about the front cover, the cut out rectangle contains a glass vial suspended which contains cactus needles. On the inside of the cover, I added a loose "flap" of sheer black fabric so it would show as a back drop for the cut out window making the needles show up better.

This book looks completely different than my original vision for it all except the construction of the book. That turned out to be exact.

Tomorrow, I have a weekend workshop with DJ Pettitt and Deryn Mentock at The Paper Studio in Tempe and I'm very excited. I have my things ready to go. Because of the drive, I have an early morning so I'm going to eat something and go to bed!


jackie said...

I am so sorry that you had the problems you did with the creation of this beautiful work of art! But I love the final result! That spine is gorgeous and I do hope you will teach this process so others can learn your special technique of binding!

The Babel Meister said...

Angie, Angie, Angie!! You never cease to amaze me! This book is totally awesome and to die for!! I truly love it!! I'd love to take a class from you and make it!! And I am SO jealous of you taking DJ and Deryn's class!!That class speaks to my heart!Have fun!
hugs, Andi

christygrant said...

Angie, this book is spectacular. Lucky you, taking a class with DJ and Deryn! Oh how I wish!

I read your description and the cactus needles in the bottle is so cool!

Aileen said...

Beautiful book Angie and I can well imagine how much more beautiful it is in person!

freebird said...

If it brings you any comfort, I mess up like this all the time! In fact, it seems like when it matters the most and I am being the Most careful is when I mess up the worst. Maybe I just care more then or find it harder to work around but it's like the floor falls out from under your feet when it happens. After so much time put into your project it's a disappointment to you but realize most people won't notice and some will like the quirkiness of an upside down cover. It looks terrific from what I could see with all the textures and colors. The WHOLE of it is there in spite of your little goof. Give it a month and you'll enjoy it more. DO GO ON and make more of these though.

Linda said...

Angie!!!!!! This book is beautiful! And I had no idea you were going to Deryn's class. I wrote her a couple of weeks ago to see if her trunk show was going to be local and she said no, it was for the AZ class. You are soooo lucky!!!!!!!!! Can't wait to hear about it.

Connie said...

Angie, your book is a treasure. I know you are disappointed with it, but IT IS GORGEOUS! I think all artists have what happened to you, happen. We learn, we grow....and art always becomes what it wants to be, no matter how hard we try to make it our way. You will have a blast with DJ and Deryn - can't wait to hear all about it!

Joanne Huffman said...

I left a comment on flickr, but I want to make sure youknow how much I love the book. And, you may see upside down pages when you open it, but no one else does, or even suspect.


Margaret Ann said...

You are an amazing designer...This is awesome! :)