Friday, January 25, 2013

Urbanite: Book-in-a-Day Wk4

Urbanite cover
Title: Urbanite
Structure: 8 panel accordion with pockets 
Dimensions: 6 x 4 1/4 (closed) / 34 inches expanded

Click here for the video of my process.

This week's book is my favorite so far. I had a great time making it and working with the content that eventually ended up in it. The book is a homage to my journey to Oakland, CA from Jacksonville, FL in 2008. 

Oakland gets a bad wrap from folks who have never lived here. They see images on television or go on what they have heard others say and they don't realize that Oakland is an amazing place to live. But the book isn't really about that. It's actually about how a "southern/country gal" like me moved to the city and found herself. It's about how the city almost broke me during the first two years, but in that breaking, I was rejuvenated in so many ways. 

Urbanite, cards out

Most of my time in the first 24 months here were spent in transit between our apartment, Mills College, San Francisco, and all the places in between. I learned about Oakland from the people I met and sat beside on the bus, the Bart, and the shuttles. They were a huge part of my breaking and my strengthening
Urbanite, open spread
Urbanite is an accordion style book with pockets that hold poetic musings about the city and my time in it between 2008 and 2010. I loved the way this book was born out of my process with the book-in-a-day series. When I started creating the pages, I didn't have any content in mind. I allowed the artistic process to guide me and it did. It's not what I had in mind when I woke, but I could not have planned it better. I LOVE THIS BOOK. 

Urbanite, page spread
For more photos and a list of materials I used, please visit the site. 

What I Learned During the Making of This Book:

  • all ribbons are not created equal
  • mixed media paper and 140lb watercolor paper are drastically different
  • typing on a typewriter makes you more aware of each and every letter you're using. It makes you pause and think before you "write". 
  • I like rounded corners.
  • spray inks are beautifully unpredictable
  • staring BIAD at 2:40 in the afternoon is NOT the best idea
  • the accordion with pockets might be my new favorite structure (but there's 48 more books to make :-)
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!!


  1. I like your accordion book. I'll watch the video when I get a chance.

    1. Hi Boo! Thank you so much. The video is quite long because I talk at the beginning and end, but I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for dropping by.

  2. This is awesome! I love rounded corners, too. In fact, when I get a manicure, I ask for "square round" -- and she knows exactly what I mean (totally unrelated I know)! I will definitely watch the video when I'm not being watched :)

  3. LOL -- I totally know what you mean about the manicure!


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