Dracula’s Guest has arrived! It’s up on the website now:
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I think this might be the final binding!
I hesitated to use that black and gold Japanese paper, since I’m so crushed out on it that I’ve used it a lot this year, but then when I found the 1/4 yard of blood-red shantung silk bookcloth that Rebecca gave me, it had to be. I used the same binding method as on Lysistrata, but unfortunately I don’t remember the name of it. Does anybody know?
I’ve limited the edition to fifty, and number one goes to James, who sold me on the idea. Thanks, James!
I’ve had five days of computer grief, and ended up on the phone with my Computer Guy at my wit’s rope, as somebody used to say. My main problem was the inability to get things up on my website, which really put a hitch in business. I didn’t lose any files, but my computer had its brain wiped so it’s shiny new and brainless and doesn’t recognize me any more. All my cool fonts are gone! My WYSIWYG editor upgraded itself and is now diabolical. All (most) is finally well, so here’s what I made while waiting for my CG:
I feel like I’ve had a narrow escape, so I’m really going to hunker down on the next book. Dracula’s Guest is looking better and better.
I’m going through an alchemy phase – just finished this:
My favorite part? The stitching on the leather. That’s the most sewing I’ve done in quite a while.
I’m still amusing myself with miniature projects while waiting for the idea fairy to show up. Here’s a book filled with books:
. . .until the next book idea strikes me. It’s been a while since I made a miniature vampire hunter’s kit.
The little box attached to the pull-out shelf contains a compass, garlic, a mirror, and a small crucifix on a chain. The bundle of maps also contains the last letters of the former owner. The books in the little traveling reference library include a bible, a journal, a book on ghouls and a book on cults (the last two borrowed from my H. P. Lovecraft Traveling Library.) I should probably fit in a box of silver bullets to make this a truly useful multi-purpose monster eradication kit.
Speaking of Lovecraft, I wonder what a Lovecraftian monster eradication kit would contain? Any suggestions?
I just finished a new map for Prue Batten’s “Eirie” series. This one is of the hidden city of the Han, from her fantasy adventure novel “The Shifu Cloth”.
I’m going to do another one more in the “Hanese” style, showing all the fish ponds and rice paddies and cloth factories that fill the green area between the Small and the Great Walls. The Han is self-contained in a huge crater, with a lake at the bottom that houses the Imperial Palace.
So here’s the first thing I made out of the gold-washed cork:
I’m in love. This paper is made for miniatures – on a larger scale I think the beautiful details of the texture would be lost. It doesn’t bend or fold, so I can’t really bind anything in it, but I’ll use the hell out of it in everything else.
I re-discovered a few serpentine and jasper beads, and used them to make little desk globes:
I think the small globe is the nicest, or at least the most tasteful. I may keep it for my own dollhouse, after all.
All finished! It’s up on the website now:
I went round and round about what this kind of binding is called, and I decided on tête-bêche – a French philatelic term that means upside down from each other. It seemed to fit better than dos-à-dos, which means something slightly different. It turns out that binding two books like this opened up all kinds of design possibilities. Any time you’re dealing with two opposites the tricks you can play are endless. My favorite on this project is the Minoan bull rider fresco that bridges the back cover – I’ve reversed the back end of the bull and the rider so that whichever way you hold it, it looks (almost) right.