Last week, I talked about an upcoming Star Book workshop I’m teaching at Artists’ Mediums in Williston, VT. They asked for a sample book to display in the store so that folks could get a sense of the structure’s possibilities.
I finished the book this morning and have proudly earned my X-Acto blister battle scar.
I tried to keep the book design simple so that it wouldn’t scare away potential students. At the same time, I tried to create something that had meaning to me so that I would enjoy the process.
For whatever reason, I became obsessed with the idea of doing stitching on the cover. I’d never sewn on bookcloth before and I have no idea why it became so important to me today. I decided to let myself be the boss of me.
As the book was based on my trip to Olympic National Park, it seemed appropriate that I use the park’s name on the cover. The color of the stitching is almost an exact match for the bookcloth. Unfortunately, the picture I took doesn’t quite capture the subtlety.
There are six spreads in the book – each one depicts something I saw during my trip to the park. I loved this trip and the park has become my most favorite place ever. EVER.
Just writing this post is making me wistful for the northwest.
I considered adding text to each spread’s background using pencil – almost like notes from a field journal. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time. The result seems a bit sparse to me. Maybe when I get the book back, I’ll take it apart and add the text.