Seeing as I am currently press-less (both the printing and binding kinds), and have no board shear, yet having an endless stream of ideas, I had to do something. I’ve been thinking about houses and the narratives they are of our lives, and also villages as narratives of a community, so I thought of creating a village of narrative houses. This first little book is just a prototype to see if it was possible to implement my idea. I cut the board by hand. Not nice on the wrists so I’ll have to get access to a board shear before I can complete the project. The prototype did call some details to my attention that I’ll have to modify before I go into production mode, like the fact that the book likes to splay open when you set it up house-like. I think I know how to fix it, though, so no worries.
**As a little FYI, that pink paper behind the house? I colored that with madder during a Natural Dyeing for Book Artists workshop given by the natty Natalie Stopka at the Center for Book Arts in June.