Expanding book (I want the same things you do)

January 1, 2008 at 10:56 pm (art, culture, drawing, interesting, painting, personal, sculpture, thoughts)

Happy new year!!

I decided that on this first day of what I hope will be a really good year, I wanted to just play around and come up with something sort of crazy and weird. I figured this would be my last day of just goofing around in the studio, and that tomorrow would be back to business. So I made this… I’ll explain it the best I can…

I wanted to make an absolutely absurd artist’s book. This is what the cover looks like:


Ok, very simple, linen cover with a watercolor tree pasted on it. You can see on the edges that there are little bits peeking out and the whole thing is held together by a gold string, so you know it’s going to pop up. Or something. This is what it looks like from the side:


It’s maybe an 1 1/2″ thick. Otherwise, it looks totally ordinary. It measures about 6 1/2 x 8″.

But… here’s the cool part, I hope. I designed it to be this insane, expanding book – not really a pop-up so much as a “fold-out” – which is to say that it all pops-up and comes together, but it needs a little bit of a helping hand.

Here I’m helping…

And here it is a little more assembled:

Here’s sort of a more detailed view that maybe gives you an idea of the depth:

Ok, completely unfolded, the thing winds up to be 46″ x 16″ x 12″. The story inside is about watching my friends move to suburbia and hating it.

Thing is, I want to do it over. It’s ok the way it is, but this is definitely a mock-up. But I need to know more about paper (specifically: what kind of paper can be saturated with water and paint and be folded up tightly without doubling in size AND still be durable? this book was made mostly with a combo of Arches watercolor paper and computer paper – sort of the most expensive solution meets the cheapest. But I’m thinking some kind of rice paper, maybe? Vellum? Something?).

So do you, dear reader, know a lot about paper? Are you reading this right now and thinking you have some sort of amazing paper hanging around your studio that would do the job just right? If so, tell me!!! Otherwise, I’m going to start bugging the folks at Dieu Donne, but I don’t think they’re open tomorrow and of course I’m itching to work on this project ASAP.


1 Comment

  1. bryan said,

    hey hit me up tomorrow, I have a friend who specializes in bookmaking in italy that you should talk with and he is on the facebooks.

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