Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Four (elements) AB project.

My hand sewn book cover (murphy's law is I've just noticed that it's not resting evenly here! It is actually straight!) I don't like sewing believe it or not...it's a labour of love because I enjoy the effect it creates and I don't have a sewing machine! (Yet!) I am really happy with the cover over all.
The black and gold ribbon ties secure the inside cover flap to the outside and the rest of the fabric wraps around the book and is weighted down by the stick. I've done this to allow the book room to 'grow' as it goes around the other artists.
The image above shows off the brass plague that my husband removed from some 'past it' furniture. It says "Zealandia" and is quite unique. I've been saving it for a special project and I believe this is it! The stick was picked up from the footpath when I dropped the kids off at school. I guess not all the mothers swoop on pieces of dry mossy branches when dropping the kids off but mine are well used to it! I have a very special gift to post a photo of here sometime, a pair of very rusted and old scissors my youngest found and school and bought home for me! My kids know me so well:) Anyway, back to the stick! I didn't have to do anything to it except attach it to the book..it was already the perfect length .


6 comments:

The Finely Tuned Woman said...

Very special, Lisa. I like the stick and the label. They make it very unique. You do have you own style very definitely. I'm always trying to crawl into your mind as you make these and wonder how you come up with the ideas and I think I know a little bit how it works.

Mick said...

Beautiful ... delicious ... a lovely feast for the eyes.

Joy Logan said...

Stunning book Lisa!

The Artful Eye said...

You can definitely judge this book by it's cover and it looks as though it's off to a great collaborative start.

Fine artistry here. Handstitched?! This is a labor of love. I like how you've incorporated your found stick, into your book cover.

Corrine said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. (via Seth's altered page blog) seems like I'm not the only one thinking about the four elements at the moment.

John said...

Just wonderfully polished. The piece, the photos, everything.

Applause on the long island railroad.