Sore back today – lay down on a hard floor all morning.
This afternoon I got myself sat up and as I couldn’t move around much I decided to make something – so armed with a beautiful little old pocket book of trees and shrubs I sat happily cutting away.
Gave me an idea, I love artist book work, I forget I love it until I start doing some again but then I fall in love all over again.
I might try to include my love of artists books within my MA practice.
My plans to try and take a shop in New Ferry as a visitor centre are still ongoing but I thought a bit of pre planning as to what would go into the shop might be good.
I like the idea of a visitor centre but as an artist and not a botanist or Entomologist I don’t want to try and do anything too ‘real’.
I think an installation about the Butterfly Park with references to a visitor centre would work better for me and yet would still have the ‘feel’ of a visitor centre with only some of the necessary facts. I like the idea of someone coming in and opening up a fact sheet to find some beautiful drawings or a collage or something.
Where there would be a library/book shop section I might have an artists book section, with books all relevant to nature. Julie Dodd made some beautiful little butterfly books for the open day, each one was shaped like a different butterfly and the pages contained facts about that butterfly. If/when I get a space I’d like to have other people’s books there too as a mini artist book showcase.
So today I made a book – quite like it too. I cut a tree shape from each page of the book until it was small enough to become a leaf. Its meant to reference deforestation and its effects on the ecology and atmosphere.
The cut-outs were lovely too so I stuck them all on top of each other as a relief – the rebuilding of the paper trees indicating the planting of new trees.
Anyway,only at the idea stage, need to try some butterfly and insect books too, have posted a photo.