Thursday, November 8, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday Muse - Old technology just works

Honestly, I don’t have anything this week. As my current MacBook is five years old, last Thursdays MacBook Air announcement held my attention, though we’ll see how it does in the wild before making any serious considerations. For me, technology reached good enough in 2013, so my interest is primarily lighter weight and longer battery life.

Edit: 11/07/18 - Hands-on at the Apple store where I decided to use my 2013 MBP until it fails. Found the MBA edges too sharp, the display underwhelming, and lingering questions as to the durability of the keyboard.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Box Corner Assembly

Fabricated this 12"x15" box corner assembly from a closeout bamboo cutting board and cut pieces of 1" aluminum angle stock, drilled and screwed. It's used for accurately folding paper stock, aligning pages, and knocking up book blocks. Note: those sharp angle ends will need some rounding with a file.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Monday Muse - little FICTIONS

It could have been said last week that the working title for the 7” x 12-foot accordion structure started three weeks ago is "little FICTIONS", but I needed something for this week’s Muse. The notion is to complete one two page collage spread after the other, then pray for some kind of continuity at the end. The experience gained on the fly may prove helpful on a larger project in the future.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Cold Wax Medium

Received what may be the definitive book on Cold Wax Medium with the notion of using the technique en collage and for book covers. A 362-page paperback that weighs a ton, I was worn out after the first read. Author's site…here.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Monday Muse - Momentum

After several prolific years my momentum has stumbled, hardly a unique experience for a creative, though it’s personally odd to experience very little finished work coming out the other end of the machine. [The problem appears to be in the feeding mechanism] From the beginning of the year, all the usual disrupters have come into play, but I attribute my current malaise to the desire to create something profound from a centuries-old craft utilizing the overdone medium of photography. Meanwhile, I have yard work and painting to do…

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Monday Muse - World Photobook Day

[Monday Muse a day early] October 14 is *World Photobook Day. Like so many good ideas #worldphotobookday appears to have run its course…though I continue albeit in singular support by making a book this morning. This structure was made from letter size Kraft with wide tabs folded on each edge then joined into an accordion structure.

*The date corresponds to the 1843 purchase by the British Museum of the first known photobook: Photographs of British Algae, Cyanotype impressions, by Anna Atkins. Try not to get too excited.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Monday Muse

Orb Spider
A week ago I made a 7 inch by 12 foot [16] panel accordion structure for a photo collage project with the unrealistic notion of completing it by October 14 but the complexity of the collaged pages will necessitate more time. I need to find something to brute force by this Sunday.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Hedi Kyle - Franklin Book

From Art of the Fold, the so-called Franklin Book inspired by the drawings of Benjamin Franklin. The model was folded from a single sheet of flooring paper with three vertical slits cut in the top two thirds. When folded the book yields four expanding accordion folds. Note the dark spot on the left of the paper is the result of the first model having been knocked off the workbench into Katy's water bowl while making a larger version ; ]

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Art of the Fold

Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books was my first reference when I began making books in 2015. One of Hedi Kyle’s pieces was referenced in that book, and her work was frequently included in the subsequent titles I acquired. After intensive and periodic online searches I encountered rumors that this book was underway and ordered The Art of the Fold pre-publication from Amazon. The book arrived Oct 2 and kept me up until 1:30 AM for a first read. Highly recommended! You’ll find the book clear and concise with accurate drawing and supportive images. A treasure for those into bookcraft and excellent for the beginner.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Monday Muse - Anticipation

September was a month for anticipating the new camera technology to be introduced at the Photokina, followed by endless First Impression and Unboxing post on the Internets. While admitting to a photo geeks interest in technology, nothing was presented that would take the images “I didn’t make” with my once latest and greatest Fuji camera, though I am overjoyed for the people who will benefit from the new gear. My friend at the camera store said: “I hate to say it but what you have suits you just as well as the new camera”. [Was that a backhanded assessment of my meager ability ; ]. Let’s face it, you can “not make” an image on any camera,…do it all the time with my iPhone…at some point you have do something. Now I have October free to anticipate what MacBook announcement Apple will not make.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Kentucky Fried Zine Fest

Took my camera to KFZ Fest held in the SAVS building. Good thing to put on your calendar.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Monday Muse - Vanishing Street

Last Thursday I did a walking loop of the SAVS faculty show, my first visit to the new Student Union building [a rat warren], and the Art Museum Meatyard exhibit. Fortunately, I captured one frame on South Upper as downtown proved even more deserted than usual given the heat.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Monday Muse - Juanan Requena

Mask Shadows

The feminine side of Florence came through the Bluegrass today with a soft, gentle rain that any real street photographer would be working. Were it simply a matter of walking out my door to work an hour on the street I would be doing so, but as a close-in suburbanite, I rarely make the effort, which in turn brings up the question of commitment. It’s actually a connection issue I find difficult to resolve.

Meanwhile, I take the easy out and hop online with a pleasant cup of coffee accompanied by a new post from one of my favorite book artist, the Spaniard Juanan Requena a snapshot artist who specializes in roughshod collaged photo diaries and similarly irreverent exhibitions of single images. Spain is an epicenter for the photobook allowing Requena to build a workshop industry around the notoriety of his first published book Al Borde de todo Mapa being selected as Spain’s 2017 National Book of the Year. [trans: On the edge of every Map - sold out - edition of 1,500] Note the book can be viewed by clicking on the main image then right arrow key. Update: Vimeo Video

Or…how to make a post from another person's post.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Night Market - Dummy

Accordion - Color Side

Accordion - From Above

Accordion - B/W Side

This unique Accordion bind was approached as a study dummy…something had to be done with the prints that have been laying in the bindery for two months. The individual accordion leaves cut from letter size black kraft proved impossible for any semblance of uniformity. If in fact, I make the finished book the accordion portions will require a jig to ensure uniform registry. It's also difficult to present with images…the gist being…there are twelve color images on the extended right side accordion with twelve B/W images on the verso. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Monday Muse - Night Market POC

After cutting out all the pieces for this book I was at a loss to completely understand the binding. From leftover scraps, I made this small POC to walk through the process. The accordion to the right nest inside a channel fold on the left, then the left cover and title page folds over the stacked accordion. To the rear is a fold out/cover that flips forward and secures to the left cover piece by magnets. To be certain it is an unusual binding, the rear foldout is made from one piece requiring cuts/folds in two directions to accommodate the channel and page folds…therein the uncertainty. This project has to be completed by Thursday!