Today I started working on this week’s Improv book and I’ve created a Pinterest board to share my inspirations thus far.
I began by searching for images of stone sculptures and was immediately taken by the amazing work of Jiyuseki (Hirotoshi Itoh). He creates fantastic pieces that incorporate zippers (and teeth!) in the stone. His work was a wonderful discovery, but I don’t believe that this week’s book will be influenced by it.
I then moved on to cairns. As a fan of hiking in National Parks, I’ve always loved the stone sculptures that are created to help guide you as you travel. This is something that seems to be sticking with me as a solid concept.
I like the idea of incorporating collage into this book and found myself drawn to the papers below (used in the cairn collage above).
Then I spent some time looking at different booths – diner booths, craft show booths, even John Wilkes Booth (that was my hubby’s suggestion).
In thinking about how all of the inspirations come together, I developed the concept of two artists falling in love at a craft show. I have a rough draft of a storyline – here’s a bit of it:
Time for the doors to open
We brave the crowds
An occasional furtive glance
I don’t yet know what of my writing will make its way into the final book. I also don’t know what structure to use. I went through Alisa Golden’s Making Handmade Books: 100+ Bindings, Structures & Forms in hopes of being struck by something, but I’m not there yet.
You’ll just have to wait until Saturday to see happens!