Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Muse -Exploring Structures

Structure from Above 
Folded Tab Page

Page Modifications

Projected Edge
The week has been busy with work in the bindery done in fits and spurts. This Slot & Tab proof of concept features large slotted pages with smaller tab pages folded on themselves to provide opportunities for cut-outs, fold-outs, and/or contrasting projected edges. The scrap materials used for fabrication were inadequate. The larger Slot sections [black] need to be of heavy Bristol and the folded Tab pieces [kraft] of a stronger thinner material like Elephant Hide. The benefit of making proof of concept models is to discover where the problems occur and what materials and techniques might correct them.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Monday Muse - Truncated Diamond Model

Continuing the paper folding with the proof of concept model for a slot and tab Truncated Diamond fold with front and back patches glued down. Model made from letter-size Kraft paper with a 2 3/4" binding strip of folded cover stock. The concept suggests contrasting colors, textures, and materials. Perhaps the diamond shapes might be cut from double-sided photographic prints and the squared pages from hand textured Bristol for stiffness. The interior tab element might also be expanded to receive content. While I've not encountered this technique…no doubt it has roots in something developed by Hedi Kyle.

Update 5/4/18 Just ran across a very similar approach on Pinterest called the "Australian Reversed Piano Hinge". Rather than slot and tab interlocking, it used a thin strip of paper slid through the tab as locking device…otherwise ; ]



Interior Diamond

Interior Tab

Expanded Interior


Monday, May 28, 2018

Monday Muse - Folding Paper

Blizzard Book


Add Pages

Folded Spine
As I trudge along with the book projects it feels odd not to be working on something in the bindery. The main thing that draws me to books is my fondness for paper and there is no better way to maintain my handwork than frequently folding paper. This is a study of Hedi Kyle"s infamous Blizzard Book [aka origami book, crown book] and there are plenty of tutorials online. The scrap 80# kraft sheet used in this study proved too stiff for the intricate folding.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Monday Muse - Elliptical Sequence Structure

My take on the Elliptical Sequence Structure is a narrative of dependent images with certain images intentionally omitted to engage viewer participation. A double accordion binding will be employed to allow the viewer to alter the sequence of images to discover alternative narratives.

The concept was developed following an intensive study of Nathan Lyons’ Sequence Structures, a casual observation made while viewing two heavy monographs of Mario Giacomelli side by side [the images could be infinitely mixed and matched], and the whimsical notion of intentional omission.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Monday, April 30, 2018

Monday Muse - Bindery Break

On this the last day of an April that thought it was February, I take a break from the bindery to work outdoors with the camera and start a new sketchbook. Having absolutely no idea of what I will be working on, the notion is to simply arrive at a location and pick up on a thread of whatever the moment provides.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Folded Pages

Proof of concept study for folded prints glued to boards as [8] signatures with Coptic binding. The challenge will be in making images and text with unfolding Narratives.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday Muse - Beyond the Photobook

Increasingly, the bindings have taken on the form of interactive Structures that invite viewer participation. This is a proof of concept study that allows for conventional page turns while suggesting a variety of alternative views. As the pages are attached only to the covers the pages can be pulled outward accordion style. The book will be made from double-sided abstract prints creating limitless view-thru opportunities.

Note: The ziggurat tape is temporary as the binding requirements are studied before covering the boards.   

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Slot & Tab Accordion

A simple double accordion structure requiring no sewing or glue. Two accordions are folded, a V shape is cut from one, then a wedge is cut [using the width of the V as a measurement] from the folds to the outside corner on the other. The wedge is rolled to slide thru the V. That's it. This would be best made as an eight-panel folded accordion, although the model shown is four panels. Love the light and shadow play!  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday Muse - Flat Flexagon




Last Spread


Legs Up

Legs Down

In a week of very little interest online, I stumbled upon an interview with Werner Pfeiffer that lead off with a fascinating exhibition piece later identified as a Flexagon. Obviously, I had to make one, an extensive investigation revealed that a flat flexagon is also referred to as an endless card with a plethora of instructional videos on Youtube [example here]

The videos demonstrate the entertaining rotation sequence, that may also be displayed as an architectural element. In this example, I have glued on black panels as image markers, though in the final version I will make a template to print the images on the card material first, then cut, score, and assemble the four required pieces…a little layout yoga.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Variations Diagram

Drum Leaf Variations - Dos Rapporté

The last study is the Dos Rapporté [French for hooked-on spine] The spine was made from folded paper measuring the full height of the book block, scored five equal spaces based on the thickness of the book, then pasted to the drummed covers. I will have a sketch diagram of each of the variations up shortly. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Drum Leaf Variations - Cover Over

Continuing with the Drum Leaf variations. This time a kraft paper covering was pasted "over" the spine piece.  Note that the "return" of the drop spine piece [shown as the black] is not pasted to the cover board to allow for the hinging action, rather an extra 1 1/2 inch each side of spine was pasted to the cover board. In practice the spine piece would be best made from material wide enough to accomodate both covers and the spine fabrication, but I didn't want to waste a large piece of good material for a study.   

Monday, April 9, 2018

Monday Muse - Handwork

Another week of [January] cold including a light covering of snow this morning. Ran into a Youtube by Rebecca Chamlee, then subsequently found a post on her Blogger describing a technique for Drum Leaf binding. This is a boards-over study, though I will make two other variations. Not having an actual book ready for binding, it is important to keep contact with my handwork by making these binding studies.       

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Dos ā Dos Dummy

A drum leaf, three panel dos-ā-dos structure made from 14 pt. manila file folders. Kraft paper pages are paper clipped over the stiff base structure, allowing for easy revision of any page.There is no precedent for this project so it will have to be slugged out on the pages, one page at a time…a divide and conquer approach. 

Monday, April 2, 2018

Monday Muse - 100 Words

Friday I received my first-ever rejection notice, informing me that the specific reason for the denial could be requested by email…whatever…I was relieved. The book for that project will be completed, however, without the effort or expense for hanging what was to be the last white warehouse show for the indeterminate future…now underway.

The rainy week allowed time for studying short fiction structures and contemplating how to incorporate them into photobooks. Oddly, thoughts pinned to my storyboard weeks ago reflect some of those principles.

Images are fictions…” the lie begins the moment the shutter is pressed ”.