There’s a project that I’ve been working on for some time, which existed for quite a while in one or two uncompleted forms, and last year was realised in a series of embroidered work in hoops. This is called Stories of the Lost and the Found, and was due to be shown last year at the Festival of Quilts and other venues afterwards. The pieces are based on various pieces of my writing; an autobiographical wander through the seasons, observations, and life with its attendant complexities.
I wanted to also use the images together with the text, in some way, but hadn’t moved on with the idea. But recently I decided it needed to be done, and started to make an artist’s book, with the writing and the hoop embroideries as the foundation.
I started by thinking the book would consist of collaged papers, prints and perhaps fabric, but it quickly evolved into a digital experience, using images from the hoops, other embroidered work, text, drawings, lino cuts, screen prints, other images I’ve taken, [ two of which I haven’t, credit below ] and Photoshop. I’m no wizz at Photoshop, I must point out! But I am happy with the results, and the way the pages relate to each other since I decided on just using digital techniques. The pages are designed, though, to incorporate some stitch. Not a lot, but enough to add a human, non digital touch.
Also, although I keep banging on about the book being digital, that’s just about the construction of the pages, which were then all printed out onto a mix of papers. I like paper so much, I could just collect it. The pages are A3 size, but will have to be mounted onto larger sheets of Khadi paper when I construct the book. This is to protect the more delicate papers, and so that people can actually turn the pages and look at the book. I’ll have to buy some biodegradable disposable gloves too, should the book be exhibited, to protect people, just in case, not the book. You know the way things are these days.
Here are a few of the hoops. There are 16 in the first original series, and 9 in a later series of black and white hoop pieces. The latter group wouldn’t have been at the Festival anyway, since I made them late last year, and neither of course would this book. If the festival goes ahead this year, hopefully they will all be there.
Here’s a couple of images of a few of the original ideas and materials for the pages. I eventually incorporated them digitally.
Below, a selection of pages put together with Photoshop, and ready to be finished with stitch before being bound.
The moth image above is one of two images that are not mine. This was a photograph taken by a friend of an Emperor moth in her garden. An amazing creature. Also, three above, the sea/beach image is my daughter’s. It’s in Wales, Tywyn or Barmouth.
Thanks folks, more soon, hopefully of the finished book…