Spirit of the Process

Posted: August 12, 2013 by Mo Crow in spirit book
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spirit of the processHere’s my bench early this morning working on the last page of the Spirit Book of the Spirit Books of Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord. The myrrh and Mali clay beads from The Bead Chest arrived yesterday (they are quick, reliable and the beads are beautiful) . Susan uses myrrh beads on the edges of quite a few of her books so I tried getting a similar effect with sandalwood and sandblasted glass beads but the myrrh beads are wonderfully organic with the most exotic scent, working with them is a transporting experience and they have finished the foredge off perfectly!
spirit book foredgenow that all the content is finished I will integrate the covers with this wonderful edge that has grown through the process & what a process it has been! I have learned so much about Susan’s books, her use of natural colours & the spirit of the materials. This one is a keeper, it has become a reference book to the process. I made The Bones Book back in 2004 which exposed the inner workings of a traditional binding which I have also kept & refer back to regulalrly.
So here’s the last 6 pages of my spirit book of The Spirit Books going widdershins
Spirit Book no 56Spirit Book no 56 (the last one for this book but Susan is making more!)
digital print on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, kozo paper with leaf and bark inclusions, raw cotton, vintage Silkworm thread, myrrh and Mali clay beads, emu feather, grape vine tendril,  Golden Titanium white fluid acrylic, graphite pencil
Spirit Book no 55Spirit Book no 55
digital print on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, found hessian that was no longer holding up a street tree, bookbinders mull, grey linen thread,, Golden Titanium white fluid acrylic, graphite pencil
Spirit Book no 54Spirit Book no 54
digital print on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, vintage Silkworm thread, Golden Titanium white fluid acrylic, graphite pencil
(NB this is my favourite page, it is so simple, almost elegant and the crow foot has become a personal symbol )
Spirit Book no 52Spirit Book no 52
digital print on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, kozo paper with leaf and bark inclusions, bookbinders mull, vintage Silkworm thread, 23K gold leaf , Golden Titanium white fluid acrylic, graphite pencil
Spirit Book no 51Spirit Book no 51
digital print on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, skeletonized Hydrangea petals , vintage Silkworm thread 23K gold leaf,  Golden Titanium white fluid acrylic, graphite pencil
Spirit Book no 50Spirit Book no 50
digital print on Moulin de Larroque handmade watercolour paper, bookbinders mull,  Golden Titanium white fluid acrylic, graphite pencil
This is the 11th week of making the spirit book of Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord’s portfolio of Spirit Books
here’s the links to Week 10Week 9, Week 8,  Week 7, Week 6, Week 5, Week 4Week 3, Week 2 & Week 1
(NB to see the details just click on the photos for a bigger view)

Comments
  1. dinahmow says:

    So you’ll exhibit this as a NFS? It certainly deserves a wider audience.

    • Mo Crow says:

      hoping to get it in the Australian Bookbinders Exhibition in October and will put it in the “other” section for Bookbinding at the Royal Easter Show next year for fun although those lights in the big hall are hard on the books! most of the big artist book shows like yours up in Mackay, Lismore & Manly have already happened this year and it will be a bit old when they come ’round again in 2-3 years…

  2. deanna7trees says:

    stunningly beautiful. i still can’t get over how all those edges combined make for a magnificent edge.

  3. Carol says:

    If ABE doesn’t take it then there is seriously something wrong with them. I hope they exhibit it properly… Just a most perfect work Mo, you can be really, really pleased. Susan’s books are wonderful but I think you have more than done them justice. And definitely a keeper. This book is filled with your thoughts and skills and spirit.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Ah thanks for the good words Carol, I love Wayne, he and Imogen work hard at putting on an excellent show of quality bookbinding every year and the Research Library of the AGNSW is a good venue albeit a bit tricky to find being down a set of stairs at the back of the classical section where no one goes, if I can just keep it under the 300 mm … a few of those sticking out bits may need a trim!

  4. Eliene says:

    Each page is a treat…& that edge; to die for. I really did enjoy following the journey of the journey Mo. Some absolutely beautiful work there…

  5. The finish line is sweet. Oh-the scent of Myrh is a fine touch…and that edge–that AMAZING edge. Hope it shows when it’s exhibited. The whole project is so complex and ‘out-there’. I could never wrap my head around it…and the dedication too. You do have it–THE IT magic,

  6. margaret johnson says:

    Scrumptious Mo, and oh those beads! ox

  7. That is such a beautiful book, there must be something quite profound about creating and binding one. Thanks for sharing the making. PS, picked up two barn owl feathers, whilst away, and thought of you.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Ah Charlotte you would love making books, making that first one that you can hold in your hand and open and then put away on a shelf and then take it down and open again.. making a private place to run away into… those owl feathers are the softest shushiest of things

  8. julie says:

    there is such music between your piece and Susan’s. And while so many of us have the passion, you have the skill to make it work.

  9. So beautiful, it has been a joy following each posting about the book and that amazing spine, wow.

  10. karen says:

    oh this book is amazing, it took my breath away, every page….

  11. LaceLady says:

    lordy.lordy.lordy…this is spect-danged-tacular! good thing I can’t reach it thru cyberspace…just sayin’

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