Having made my dummy publication out of instant film and a safety clip, I knew I wanted to research other means of creating my idea of a glass book (or a book made of sand).
The possibilities were there to make a dummy along the lines of the ones below, which use see-through stationery pockets and pretty sewing techniques. It gives a great impression of the style of publication I may wish to create. But as sand is collected by ‘arenophiles’ around the world, perhaps I could ask for samples from various international places to include in such a publication.
And there are ones such as this:
This is heading more in the direction I would want to go. Made from translucent Kimodesk paper and displayed within a glass box, the information for this limited edition works reads as follows:
Within translucent pages, cut paper shapes create a neurological geography of veins and synapses, as the text speaks of emotional pathways. Turning the pages echoes the experience of focusing a microscope, layer by layer on a complex slide. On closer examination, once-familiar patterns of thought devolve into a dense, uncertain territory—an intimate relationship in flux.
But, as I have mentioned in a previous post relating to the large-scale glass ‘books’ by Oliafur Eliasson, I want to create something very tactile and made from sand itself.
Work such as this:
This work uses engraved glass in the form of a book. The description states:
Eight pages made of engraved glass with outlines of the seven continents. When overlaid the continents transform into an abstraction similar to broken glass. The book serves as a metaphoric representation of our delicate world.
I would want to make something similar that resonates with the larger scale outdoor work I intend to create. But if these are to be limited edition pieces due to production costs and practicalities, the transluscent paper option (with/without glass box) would provide a more accessible and affordable alternative. There are so many ideas and I hope to put some more time and effort into this element of my final work soon.
Figure 1: http://kloomer.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/artist-books-and-visual-journals.html [accessed August 7, 2017]
Figure 2: CHADWICK, Macy. 2012 ‘Pathways’ 23 Sandy Gallery Available at: http://23sandy.com/works/products-page/infinite-possibilities-exhibition/pathways#product_images[grouped]/0/ [accessed August 7, 2017]
Figure 3: KECK, Alexandra. 2012 RISD Available at: http://portfolios.risd.edu/gallery/Glass-Artist-Book/5641673 [accessed August 7, 2017]