This is one of those posts where I am not sure if I am happy or sad or both. I think it's both. I'm a little sad to see the end of my work in this collab, it's a bittersweet moment as I guessed it would be. The collab has been a fixture in my mind (and lounge!) for nearly 2 years now and I do feel like my last baby is about to fly the nest! That said, I am ecstatic to have finished Deb's book because it's been a goal I've been working towards all year and I really love the way it turned out. I am chuffed to have successfully completed my piece in the last book of this wonderful collab...it means the jobs done, mission complete, success...but we all know this has been way more than simply getting a job to get done. Sure, I couldn't hold onto any of the books indefinitely and if I didn't want to be a book hog I had to set myself some goals. Pull some late nights, prick my fingers a few times and leave needles in places I couldn't locate later...until I had no shoes on (of course!) Sometimes I would look at a page and think I couldn't possibly hand stitch that whole piece and it would seem daunting -but as my scraps of recycled material gave life to the many characters I've met or made up I'd become inspired and energised. Sometimes I'd be kept awake by the multitude of ideas that only seem to spring up when I'm trying to get to sleep! Bind this, dye that, stitch there and here and ...you get the idea! I can honestly say though that the thousands of stitches have been worth every bit of time and energy!
The fossil completed the page perfectly! For those of you who wondered how I was going to attach a fossil/rock to my page the answer was much easier than I thought it would be! I tied it on with some of the thread from my erosion bundle project. It seemed fitting to use nature dyed thread to tie on a fossil. I still don't know what it is! It can be easily removed from the book for closer inspection and I really like the idea of being able to remove it and hold it.
A fossil and a button, who knew they'd sit so well together?
Even though I am keeping most of the page under wraps until our EXHIBITION on the Virtual Tart website next year I thought it only fair to reveal at least one full piece. The memory tin belong to 'M' containing a vintage key, tiny bible and the morepork (Owl) feathers. As this is being posted within NZ I don't have to worry about customs and the like seizing my book for breaking rules! That would be devastating!
The shell pendant found by 'M' when she inheritated her Great Aunt's belongings... it appears she did many wondrous things when she finally got her 'looking glass' and traveled the world with her true love, Damien.
The two pages side by side and below that a peek of the outside cover. I had stitched re purposed beads to a cotton doily. Gotta love doilies! Who knew they would have so many purposes! I have no idea how Deb's is going to bind this book, all of us have done 3d works and thick spines.
While I may be done the Pulp Redux is far from over. There are still 3 books 'at large' and when I do get my book back it will need exploring and rebinding, theres also have the above mentioned exhibition to look forward to. I'm so glad this isn't over yet!
PSssT! Alicia Caudle has also posted a pulpy post, you can it here!