2010 BEST Zombie Award
I recently completed my entry for the 2010 BEST (Bookbinding Etsy Street Team) Zombie Award. Members of BEST were challenged to create a book that reflects this time of year – inspirations could include Halloween, Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving, Fall Equinox, etc.
For whatever reason, I immediately became obsessed with the idea of a mummy book. I never had mummy nightmares as a child and I’m not a fan of classic horror movies. I just loved the idea of this undead guy walking around, looking like he was TP’ed.
I feel for the guy. What if he has to pee? Oh right, he’s got TP there…
I knew from the start that it had to be an accordion book – I wanted the mummy to have followers and I thought that it was interesting to literally have them bound together.
The covers are made of hand-cut bookboard – that took forever (and I have the blister to prove it).
The covers were wrapped in soft Unryu paper from Thailand. I had the paper for a really long time and it was so nice to finally use it! I knew right from the start that it was perfect for my mummy attire. I glued down a layer of paper before I started the wrapping process.
I cut long strips out…
…then wrapped that mummy up! I started with 1/2″ strips to get coverage, then used 1/4″ strips to get better detail.
I’m pretty happy with my book. I was initially going to go with Herman as a name, but then the Blech Police came by and smacked me upside the head. He is now known as Odjinebimdjai (Odji for short).
My hubby and I had fun taking pictures. He came up with the awesome idea of shining a laser pointer in his eye so he looked all possessed:
Voting is open now and the winner of the coveted BEST Zombie Award will be announced on October 31st. Odji just told me that you need to vote for him (he thinks he’s being voted Prom King).
Visit the BEST blog to cast your vote.