Sunday, April 3, 2016

"the whole day through"


It's always good to finish what you start even if it takes a while to get back on track. I started this little book when on holidays in Tasmania in 2015. I'd made a blank book using vintage pianola paper and an old 1900 Hobart Mercury newspaper I foundin an antique shop. Even though I made a start in Hobart, I was a long way from finishing the whole book.

let sleeping eggs lie

Each page is a new narrative based on found text from the old paper and personal experiences along the way. For example, the "sleeping eggs" page referred to the text but also a heritage chicken breeder we met in our B&B who was absolutely obsessive in his retirement plan to give the nation a new chicken he will call the Quombie. As you can see the responses are rather private but hopefully open ended so the images can be read in many other ways.

I like using this perforated paper because of its age and colour even though it is rather brittle. I often strengthen the paper by using gesso which also adds texture. I also used some fresh turmeric (the yellow bits) which now gives the book a lovely smell so I'll keep it in a sealed bag to help the smell last a while. It seemed appropriate and fits with the new foodie emphasis of Tasmanian tourism.
As the texts are quite small, it is a good idea to click on the image and enlarge it to be able to read the text. 


MiSchra said...

Lovely layering!

Jack Oudyn said...

Thanks Mi, hopefully layers of media and meaning too. Please zoom into the text by magnifying the images.