This is another over-sized construction with a vintage tour book for front cover as well as decorated a sort of flyleaf. Such interesting material I couldn’t help but include. A fantastic hitch-hiking board game makes the back cover (and pairs well with the other maps I think). Dear Audrey Hepburn (cut from a calendar) covers up the binding and a cider sticker from my pal David White’s cidery adds more old-times flair.
I put this mighty tome to use for a personally important project of assembling a draft of sorts for my “Fck Stats, Make Art” project while sequestered in Indonesia and Thailand in 2015. In brief: I took printed metaphorical photos, as well as transcripts from various talks, chopped all the raw material up and re-contextualized into a semi-content narrative, interspersed with a few handwritten pages – all of this required several glue sticks and generated significant pile of paper trimmings.
I then began editing by sticking in dozens of little notes and thoughts. So much in fact the book was bulging and, well a bit overwhelming. As such, it lives in an appropriately old-timey suitcase awaiting another chance for editing and to evolve into a final, more cogent, form.
Note: the pages *are* photographed and while don’t make a lot of sense at this point, perhaps I’ll scrounge a few up to include for reference.
An oversize example with a sample of folk-art wall paper for a cover (co-opted from a colour copier at a Kinko’s I briefly worked at), a box from a cake purchased in Russia for binding cover (atop some quilted Kraft paper) and a board game backer (iirc). Sewn up with twine so mighty its almost thin rope.
I made this when I first became ill with a couple of chronic and complex diseases to hold the cards and letters I received from well-wishers, as well as notes, thoughts, and dareisay, inspirational bits and pieces.
Note: Making and filling scrapbooks is/has become a part of my “therapy” in that I pass the time and contextualize my personal archeology within the pages and also construct to give as gifts to keep human connections sparked.
Did I mention this particular construction is very large? Ledger rather than letter paper block.
I did not make this book, but rather found at a yard sale, and filled with travel ephemera and oddities from magazines and newspapers, wrapped with narrative annotations collected on a trip to Netherlands, Spain and Portugal in 2005. Added a few snapshots and poems and tied it all up with the attached ribbon. This book is very much an refined example of the more-renegade variations I create. The elegant black binding allows the outline of the binding thread to still add texture and the hand cut, heavy weight paper inside holds the almost ridiculous amount of stuff I glued inside.
This scrapbook is rather special for me as was made from a silk-screen of an old barn my dear late Mother made while a student at Utah Technical Collage (Orem) around 1987, including her lovely handwriting identifying the barn and print-run number.
I combined with a boardgame backer (its was foldable so I added a crutch to support) and filled with various colourful paperstock for the block, then decorated with a few odds and ends of metaphorical photos from my “Fck Stats, Make Art” project and other Chinese New Year’s “joss” papers.
When Mom died, I filled this scrapjournal with various items collected on the manic trip from India to Utah to attend to her body and ceremony, including the orange scraps of paper from India added to the front cover, as well as items like her obituary i wrote the the local newspaper and other related artifacts.
Really enjoyed seeing the inspiration photos, letterhead from his business communications, reference sketch items, various notebooks, satchels and pre-press proofs – evidence of a few of which are included for your amusement.
Adam says: An offering of fine poetry and pleasing imagery, DaveO, for which our family is happy as punch to have received… (Further perused under yonder Utah Juniper avec frosty barley pop bevvey) Namaste, Uncle Weed!
Carol says: Fantastic meaningful interesting package arrived from afar! Big Thanks
Mark says, “I wish everyone knew the unique pleasure of receiving a letter from @UncleWeed. Now the pressure is on to create something even half as cool to send halfway around the world!”
Colleen says, “my friends send the best mail. this needs a frame”
Cameron says, “When I came home the girls shared with me their theory that you are an international spy and there are hidden meanings in the poems and paintings. It’s a pretty solid theory.”
Cheryl says: A treasure-trove of visual and tactile delights and pure joy came through my door mail slot from far away today…inside the outer envelope more beautiful envelopes of hand-made treasures with varieties of paper and delicate folds with rubber stamps and personal art with writing goodness…all strewn out over my bed in pure visual delight. Big hugs, Dave! What a beautiful, rich package of sensory gems!!! Thank you ever SO much! I LOVE it! Grateful to be the lucky recipient of such precious, exquisite postal mail!
Letter writing desk – today’s assortment of “raw material” includes vintage aerograms, hotel letterhead, Canadian Pacific telegrams, screen captures from the Life Aquatic, Japanese ‘sideways’ envelopes, pictures of goats, various stamps & stickers, and a superb inky brush pen.