Book Arts Improv Book #3: Unthongfeel
As I promised last week, I worked hard to simplify my approach to this week’s Book Arts Improv. This was a difficult task for me, as my creative process tends to move from snowball to avalanche – I always want to add in one more thing.
My hubby provided the voice of reason many times:
Me: “Do you think I should do this now?”
Him: “No. It’s fine the way it is.”
Just to remind you, here are the themes I was working with this week:
- A fictional place you’d love to visit: Herland
- A language: Newspeak
- A song you really hate: The Thong Song
Here’s the finished product – my third miniature book, this one entitled Unthongfeel:
In considering the three themes, I wondered what women in a Utopian, male-free society would think of thongs upon seeing them for the first time. How would thongs fit into their social structure?
In a nutshell, they don’t like ’em.
I didn’t write a story this week and decided to go with a book that was more image-based.
I started by hand-carving the female gender symbol into the front cover. The board were then covered in a red Japanese bookcloth. The inside of the boards were covered in a red reptile embossed paper (love this stuff).
The basic structure is a flag book – the spine is made of card stock folded like a paper fan and rows of flags are attached to opposing sides of the folds.
I thought of the flag book because I was struck with the image of someone’s underwear being run up a flagpole. Then I thought about how odd it would be if someone used a thong instead of full-blown underwear. Yeah, my brain went there.
I love using embossing powder on stamped images because it acts as a resist for watercolor paints.
Here are some more images of the inside of the book:
And here’s a shot of the backside:
The words you see include the following Newspeak words:
These words seemed to reflect the sentiment of an anti-thong movement.
Had I had more time to create the book, I definitely would have done a Medieval Binding. You can see a fabulous example of this binding by Ort Bindery. Believe it or not, this binding involves the technique of sewing over thongs – the thematic match would have been perfect.
I’ll be posting the new (and last) Improv themes tomorrow, so be sure to come back if you’d like to enter the weekly drawing.
On to week four!