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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.

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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Scrapjournals for no particular reason / Guide to Goodtimes

Often times, I make scrap journals for no particular reason, just for enjoyment of gathering interesting paper tidbits and ephemera which I enjoy… Then somehow a “theme” or story of some kind emerges. Especially after being stuck/fermenting in a suitcase for months or years, as soon as I open a booklet of artifacts, so many memories return. Some of you might see oddities in here wish you recognize and enjoy as well presented in a different context.
Do you gather memories and stories in someway?

Scrapjournal: “lost west coast” / medical notes, mantras, survival tips, ephemera

Compiled during a lost period, the memories of which are as foggy and blurry as the snaps as i wandered places as cursively sloppy as the scribbles within. Remnants of medical appointments, medications schedules, mail ordered items, lists, journals, poetry, dreams, nightmares and talismans of hoping for peace and healing or just rest or maybe contentment. 

The book itself is my “usual style” of a board game backer board, calendar paper front cover (Audrey Hepburn obv) and a variety of heavy stock sewn within using a Japanese sidebinding style. 

Also coasters, cards, travel/ticket stubs and oddments to help retrace steps like paper breadcrumbs. Seems a wander from Washington to Oregon to Pacifica (CA) with sojourns to Logan (UT) and Austin (TX). I recall fleeting snippets and folks whom i am grateful to. 

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