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 ”.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Monday Muse - Short Story

Another week of nasty weather, and further exploration into narrative structures for photobooks. In writing the reader forms mental images to support the narrative, images invite the viewer to provide the narrative. Close observations of people viewing my photobooks suggest that brevity is paramount. Eighteen images seem to be the maximum a viewer can endure in a casual setting…though the sweet spot might be eight to twelve…more thinking.

Reading: The Art of the Very Short Story, Charlie Close, Kindle   

Monday, March 19, 2018

Accordion Fold Book w/ Removable Spine

An Accordion Fold Book w/ Removeable Spine. Note that the first and last pages of the Accordion slip into the pockets of the folded two-piece Covers. Then a folded Spine piece is slipped into the pockets to secure the Accordion that then behaves like a spine bound book. Removing the Spine piece allows the Accordion to be fully expanded.

Note in the two-piece Cover, the outside [black] the tabs are folded along the long edge of the book [head to tail] and the inside [kraft] are folded along the short edge [foredge to spine]. The tabs of the inside cover piece are inserted into the slots of the outside. The Spine piece is the thickness of the Accordion block plus an additional amount on each leg with a turned "out" tab to create a bit of friction.

Monday Muse - [......................]

Except for shoveling 5 1/2" of wet snow and making a book dummy, this is all I accomplished this past week…phfft.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Muse - "THE" photobook

I'm in that transitional phase where it is important to keep the process flowing by making "A" photobook while trudging along with images and structures for "THE" photobook.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Elliptical Sequence Structure - From the Idea File

The Idea is for an Elliptical Sequence Structure. Elliptical in the literary sense, suggest intentionally leaving an image out to invite the viewer to provide a mental interpretation of the missing image. In the Sequence Structure, every image is a dependent unit that either Previews or References another image and/or echoes common Elements. In this study, there are [12] full-page spreads and [6] opportunities to interpret the intentionally omitted image, the insanity is that I'll probably spend more time arriving at the image I'm not showing…than making the images that are shown. ; ]

You often hear "I liked the book better than the movie", due in some part to the word images formed by the reader being of a more personal interpretation.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday Muse - Idea File

In a recent artist talk, I mentioned that I keep an Idea file, usually single-line entries of random thoughts and/or ideas for projects that might be otherwise forgotten. Ideas are only the detritus of a creative mind unless they are acted on, Unfortunately, I have far more ideas than either energy or ambition. 

Friday, March 2, 2018

March Kraft Paper Diary - Dummy

Dummy for an Elliptical Sequence Structure*. Drum leaf, three-panel Do-See-Do with [12] spreads en-collage.

*More soon…