Monday, December 21, 2009

I'm Under The Covers- A Pulp Redux Update

So hello dear bloggers. I can assure all those worried folk out there who are wondering if I have fallen off the planet that I have managed to claw my way back again! Truthfully I found heavier boots work well at keeping ones feet well attached to terra firma, LOL!

Ah but really I have been up to my, err, derrier (is that how one spells this word??? let me know) in fabric!

The studio, I should say new and previously clean studio, is covered in bits, the cat plays non stop and is well disguised as a mop, in fact if I thought about it I should drag some string around the house and he would chase it and mop the floors all in one go! Exercise and clean floors... something to ponder at another time perhaps!
I digress!

I have however been extraordinarily busy trying to get my book for the Pulp Redux collaboration finalised and posted away to Alicia before the poor girl has a fit and thinks I have forgetten her. Never fear, that wouldn't happen!

And so, lets take a peek at the progress so far...

Five darling cherubs, one for each artist!

Inside the cover a pillow of fragments. Little threads kept from projects over time and brought together to form a pillow. On the pillow some sage advice from the bible. (Hard to beat for sage advice really!)

(You know the drill, click for details if you need a closer view).

Nothing be lost!!! OMG! After moving house and trying to find everything in the new house and studio, I'm not sure I can even find the cat anymore!

Onto the opposite page.
(The cat will eventually miaow when he gets hungry!)

The wee cherubs.
Underneath I have constructed a chatelaine.
A what??? I hear you say!
A chatelaine.

In previous times a chatelaine was a series of chains attached to a womans belt to hold the household keys.

This chatelaine is for the contributing artists.
I thought it would be nice if it held a token item, one from each artist. I have attached a key and a washer inprinted with the word friendship. The items represent the friendship formed over the making of our books and our collaboration together.

But wait there's more...

The right hand page opens out to reveal a hidden page.

Inside are 5 small handmade books. One for each of the artists.

I thought it would be nice to give each contributing artist a place to talk about their contribution. Here we can discuss our artwork, talk about the ideas and the formation of our contributions, or ourselves and include a wee picture of ourselves if we like and have a place to sign our work. Many of us work with surfaces not conjucive to signing and this offers a place to enable that.

Each little book is constructed by hand and has an outer cover made from suede and has watercolour paper pages which have been stitched together by hand. Each little book measures only 8 x 5 cm.

Here's a closer look at one of the minibooks.

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Here's the book free of it's confines.

Then bound within the page.

The light is a little weird it was very early in the morning so sue me!

The colour of the book is actually somwhere between the two pictures, but you get the idea.

And then on the opposite page there's these little ones.

The five chicks...

Like us, five chicks singing their song...

5 artists hoping to be heard.

And so the inside cover work is complete.

Time to move on to the actual piece for the book,

But more on that later.

It will involve a short history lesson...

or two.

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Lisa said...

Holy smokes girl.. talk about weathering the storm and coming out smelling like a rose! This is beyond fantastic...such wonderous creativity after your crazy month of moving, guests and sickness that you've had! This is so gorgeous! I love the little books for everyone to add their story..and the cherubs!! I'm just blown away by your talent! Can't wait to see your lovely creation in person!

La Dolce Vita said...

way to go Kim! this is just awesome, love the rich texture and the chatelaine! the ticking is so cool and the cherups are fab!! and fold out page, oh... deliciously chewy!!!!! mmmm I think I am drooling!!! LOL!!!
moving house and then this spectacular work??? I bow to you oh art Goddess!!! xoxox

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh what a lovely tour of your emerging book ... really wonderful and thoughtful details Kim!!!
your creativity cannot be dampened not even by a move or lost kitty kat (too funny) ... you inspire me!
Happy Holidays from very snowy Virginia!

Four Seasons in a Life said...

I do not know if my few words can much add to anything already so graciously stated by the previous visitors comments.

Being a man and not sewing or working with fabrics as you do, I still appreciate the artistry and what went into its creation, apart from the imagination of the artist.

Thank you for sharing.

Warmest regards to you and your family this holiday season,

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

I commented on the redux site but I gotta say it again...this is wonderful, clever, thoughtful and down right blow-me-away AMAZING!

Debrina said...

Ooooh - I love, love, love the close up shots, Kim! You have inspired me so much that I am going to track down my own young fellow, via the National Library of New Zealand, to research and then include in your book! I'd been thinking for sometime now about doing my own little project on our veterans - particularly the WWII Anzacs over in Egypt. But WWI will fit better with your theme. And so, as were are compatriots in this fantastic collaboration, so too can our ANZAC boys get to know each other.
Love your work Kim and really treasure this opportunity not only to get to know you better but also to share in something so magic and marvellous as this.

Gaby Bee said...

Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hugs, Gaby

Studio Sylvia said...

Oh Kim, What a visual treat! This piece is stunning and all the more so for the running commentary. Wonder Woman - moving house, keeping tabs on the cat and completing art works. Lovely, lovely, lovely. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Season's Greetings.

Anonymous said...

ooooh, wowz! you have even more photos on this end of things. i am so loving this, and so loving all of the close ups. and the charm idea and mini books and all of the stories and meanings and everything... i'm just blown away. this is just fantastic beyond words, lady!