Tag Archives: Handmade

Scrapbook assembly: Hempenroad box / notes, poems, musings, ca. 2015

Scrapbook: assembly / HempenRoad (front cover)
Scrapbook: assembly / HempenRoad (front cover)

This yet-to-be-filled scrapbook is created from a repurposed VHS box fro my 1997 documentary film HempenRoad. The box (design by Pete Word and myself) included a gatefold for more images and narrative which works well for the scrapbook as both cover include design on inside and outside (note: the back cover has in the back cover on the inside).

The binding is green hemp twine and left exposed to the see the sew binding pattern and knotting as well the spine of the video box. The paper block is hemp/cereal-straw by Tree Free paper from Portland.

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Scrapbook assembly: Welcome Guestbook / salutations, 2015

Scrapbook: Guestbook, 2015 / salutations (Curious George, canvas on easel + Japanese monkey)
Scrapbook: (Curious George, canvas on easel with pen + Japanese monkey cover, Welcome Guestbook, 2015

This example takes a Curious George calendar page of the cover, a slice of Japanese 100-yen-store stationery with another friendly monkey for a bit of flair for the opening edge, black hockey tape for binding wrap,  and a board game for a backboard. Later, a message was added to the currently blank chalkboard, encouraging guests at an airbnb guesthouse to sign their salutations on a variety of odds-and-ends of colourful, heavy-ish paper stock.

Scrapbook assembly: Hemp paper / ephemera, notes, musings, 2014

Scrapbook: circa 2015 / ephemera, notes, musings (Hemp paper, cover)
Scrapbook: Hemp paper cover / ephemera, notes, musings, circa 2014

This scrapbook takes a board game for a backer and a slice of same to support the side sewn binding for (another) Japanese horizontal layout. The cover – obviously – is Hemp Paper acquired while making HempenRoad film in 1996 from Tree Free paper (a Paul Stanford company) from Portland.  Binding thread covered up with festive Chinese joss paper. Photographed (appropriately) on a piece of hemp canvas. Inside the book, well another day we’l figure that out but I suspect my usual variety of musings, snippets of paper, scribbled schemes and lists, and forgotten poetry.

Scrapbook assembly: Van Gogh, ephemera, musings etc. ca. 2014

Scrapbook: Van Gogh cover, 2016
Scrapbook: Van Gogh cover / ephemera, musings etc. circa 2014

This scrapbook combines Japanese horizontal layout, side sewn binding with a up-cycled, very-thick, hardback calendar of Vincent Van Gogh (obviously) acquired (free) at Book Expo America in NYC some years back. Binding thread covered up with kraft paper and filled with hearty paper block to handle any inputs. In this case, my usual variety of musings, snippets of paper, scribbled schemes and lists, and forgotten poetry.

Scrapbook assembly: “My Big Drawing and Art Book”, 1996

Scrapbook: assembly "My Big Drawing and Art Book" (made circa 1996)
Scrapbook: assembly “My Big Drawing and Art Book” (made circa 1996)

Note: this is possibly the first scrapbook i personally constructed and bound in the (vaguely) Japanese-style, meaning horizontal format, side bound and sewn. Created in the bookbinding and print shop (featuring the former-State-of-Washington moveable type press) on campus of Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.

In this workshop, i learned a variety of bookbinding and printing techniques, many of which came together in this piece (a series of 4 or 5 almost identical) including the letterpress typeset tricycle and text-type. Several were probably given as gifts as is my habit, others are filled with sketches, schemes, doodles and musings. The paper stock used in the block was not robust enough to handle paints or scrapbooking per se.

Plenty more artifacts created during this time, perhaps other will appear in subsequent documentation.

Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1, 2, 3 – back covers

Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)
Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook (backcover)
Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) back cover
Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 2) back cover
Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 3) back cover
Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 3) back cover
Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 1) back cover
Items: Forgotten in Drawers (vol. 1) back cover / alt

Collection: Hitchhiking signs (variety, Japan)

Hitch-hiking signs from travels in Japan, 1993, created by copying street signs and maps, and drawn with crayon and marker in a school notebook or various papers (from 100 yen store).

Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kochi (ken/prefecture) with
Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kochi (ken/prefecture) with “O Kudsai” (humbly please)
Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kansai, Onegaishimasu (please-is)
Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kansai, with “Onegaishimasu” (humbly please)

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Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – handmade chapbook covers

A collection of chapbooks called “Items: Forgotten in Drawers” made in 2017 from handwritten poetry created in Asia, Arabia, Mediterranean, then (roughly) transcribed and printed in BC, cut and glued to vintage hotel stationery in Montréal, bulk printed and collated in Vegas, assembled in Utah, and given as gifts for my birthday. Each one hand-cut/stitched and (obviously) uniquely finished with stamps (postal and inky), with affection.  Run of 12 if I recall, most documented here. Turns out this collection is “Volume 1” as more similar collection have followed.

Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook 7
Items: Forgotten in Drawers, Vol. 1 – chapbook 7

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Scrapbook: Some assembled scrapbooks

Assorted snaps of scrapbook(s) after assembly completed. Some showing detail of various components including bindings, blocks, covers (often made form calendar paper or printed paintings), or back covers (often made from board games).

Scrapbooks: For Pacifica (with paintings), 2016
Scrapbooks: For Pacifica (with paintings), 2016
Scrapbook: assembly / fancy man + joss paper (front cover)
Scrapbook: assembly / fancy man + joss paper (front cover), 2015(?)

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Collection: Hitch-hiking signs (variety, Europe)

Surviving artifacts from hitch-hiking around Germany and Netherlands, 1992, assembled and documented (there were many more). Annotations seem unnecessary but added nevertheless.

Hitch-hiking to Holland
Hitch-hiking to Holland (note: adding “bitte” German for please, adds a nice touch, as does the peace sign – obviously a school notebook with crayon
Heading to Landau, Germany
Heading to Landau, Germany (en route to Rhodt unter Reitburg) – again school notebook with crayon and peace sign

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