Friday, January 18, 2013

Dos-á-Dos Blank Book: Book-in-a-Day Wk 3

Three views of the Dos-á-Dos
I'm really happy about this week's book. I selected a simpler structure this week to give myself time to ease into having to teach and make a book each week. I'm glad I did. This structure, the Dos-á-Dos, is one of my favorite blank books to make. 

The first time I made this book, I was assisting my dear friend, Lyall Harris as she taught a letterpress class at the San Francisco Center for the Book. I've been trying to revisit the structure ever since and this seemed like the perfect time. 

This book reminds me that January is a time for reflection. The two back-to-back signatures give me amazing opportunities for journaling and thinking about the past (2012) and the future (2013). That's what January is all about, right? Reflection, recollection, and reinventing. Well, at least for me that's what happens in January. You know, like the story of Janus. (here's another great source for the story of Janus) 

The video for this week is here. 

The Dos-á-Dos structure has reminded me that:
  • art is reflection
  • the blank page is an opportunity/an invitation
  • thinking about something from more than one perspective can be freeing
  • creative moments can be short and sweet (it took me less than four hours to gather all the materials, set up the video equipment, and construct the books)
If you're watching the videos, I'm honored! If you're making the books, I'm intrigued, so please post them to the flickr group or on the Giving Hands Creative Community site (where you can view the list of materials I use and see more photos). See you next week!!

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