I'm slow in blogging this week, but finally have pictures from DJ Pettit's fabric book class.
The book is three signatures, sewn into a cover made from an acrylic painting that is, itself, sewn into a fabric cover. DJ taught us a delightfullly quick binding method, and I used a series of mismatched vintage buttons to hold my signatures in place.
I worked in reverse order, completing the last two signatures in class and working on the first one this week before sewing it in place. I conceptualized them as chapters. Each signature is thematically distinct but all are unified by the use of vintage fabrics and text as wraps around the blank pages in each signature that I can use for journaling.
The first signature was created around some text from a Dick and Jane book. It starts off with these sweet little buttons.
The next page is some of my hand-dyed fabric, with a strip cut off from the bottom of the cover painting (it has a wonderful, leathery textured, created by using matte gel medium over a canvas/muslin base).
When you turn the page, you find the first line of text from the book, which appropriately reads…
The next page uses some vintage patchwork.
This page is inserted inside of the others, in the middle of this signature.
And then the final bit of text from Dick and Jane.
The beginning of the second signature is a collage, using a soft piece of hand-dyed silk satin as a tie for the signature.
The nested eggs are part of an assemblage I created, then photographed and printed out as a cotton fabric. The pages open into successive layers behind the nest.
The final signature is a collage around a little soldered charm that I made when I was first learning to solder. I love the charm, but the soldering is, at best, pathetic, making it horrible jewelry but perfect for a book.
This is the flip side of the charm.
DJ is a wonderful teacher, but still, even knowing that in advance, I was amazed to take away not only new techniques, but a really wonderful book, from the class. I still have lots of embellishing and finishing to do before it's ready to use as a journal. Hermione is ready to start journaling in it right now, though.