So call me a geek, but I love libraries. I'm not a big fan of catalogues. I prefer to just wander through the aisles of shelves and browse. Usually, my most interesting discoveries come from finding a lone book shoved into the wrong spot or little piles which have been collected by someone, then left behind. Last week I can across this little treasure "The Principles of Uncertainty". It's kind of just a collection of little observations on life. All the text is hand-writted in this lovely lyrical scrolling way and the illustrations are so charming - all raucous colour and slightly clumsy-feeling excexution (in a good way).
Back in the studio I have been making small smaller jacket neck pieces but cutting down some slightly larger versions I made a few months back. I thought it would be nice to reduce the scale and also to simplify the fastening by replacing the corsages with wooden button pins.
I've been intending for a while to make some book covers. I feel kind of naked if I'm stuck waiting for a bus or a appointment or something of the like without something to read, but I also like to have a little privacy in my reading. One of the many things that I loved whilst living in Japan, was the way that your book purchases always have their covers wrapped by an extremely origamically-adept sales assistant so that you can walk straight out of the bookstore, jump onto the train and open up your book and start reading without showing your reading material to the world. I like that. I've also been missing my patchworking of late, so, I've been piecing up fabric remants from my studio to make larger pieced pieces of fabric with I can cut up to make some book covers. That's the plan anyway!:)
Whilst I am pleased the jacket pieces I've been working on of late, the palette of the wools has been quite sobre, so I'm really enjoying working with colour again and having the chance to utilise the greate kitchy touristy Queensland table-clothes I found recently!