Tuesday, May 31, 2011

31 days

two more views for those who have interest
can't find my best photos.
sigh
31 days, (i think 33 pages altogether)
 lokta shifu pages, sewn on vellum and laced into a limp vellum structure. 
thick vellum cover was dyed to resemble a summer landscape. 
each day of august i made a page to record the day. 
10 days of puppy sitting the beautiful, demanding tess, not fun. 
not one night's sleep during those days.
this sculptural book feels good in the hands.

17 comments:

ronnie said...

I love this little book - wish I could hold it in my little hands....

Velma said...

i have little hands, too.

Valerianna said...

Love the summer-dyed cover - and the in-be-tween....

Velma said...

yes, thank you, it's a good tale.

onesmallstitch said...

love the concept, marking/commemorating each prescious day -the good and not so good.

Lynn said...

It's beautiful. A book to read with the hands as much as with the eyes.

neki desu said...

enchanting

Gardener in the Distance said...

Beautiful work, Velma, and very much an object that begs you to pick it up and take a peek...

Velma said...

someone asked: yes, i made a page each day, not the spinning and weaving, they were done first, but the response to the day on each page was a daily meditation. it was challenging to commit to a daily practice.

Penny Berens said...

Velma...This is very challenging, I know, because I've never succeeded in keeping it up for a week let alone a month. Congratulations to you...makes me want to try again...smaller perhaps!

Fiona Dempster said...

Hi Velma, this is a beautiful book; and what better things to do when one can't sleep with excitable puppies but make books? I like the idea of preparing pages in advance and then responding to a day, every day, each month. I wonder if I could do that?? Go well F

mjc said...

Beautiful! Before I read your text, I was wondering if the cover was dyed or if it was some sort of photo transfer of a landscape...lovely.

Velma said...

p, i don't mind a commitment, just breaking my word is abominable!
f, it was a great practice. worth it.
m, it was a stiff piece of vellum that i rested in an acid (formulated for silk) dye. i can't remember if i mixed the color, though, but i did just set it on the shallow pan, brought it up, and re -et it, creating a slight overlap in the horizon that worked beautifully.

Alice said...

A beauty. I love thinking about your process.

Velma said...

this was a good project.

Susan Johnson said...

A book of days. It's beautiful

Velma said...

it was a good exercise and commitment for me. couldn't hurry up or slow down those days!