Monday, November 16, 2015

Seeing Sycamores

For 25 years, my husband and I have enjoyed walking along, or canoeing on, the Potomac river. I must have seen sycamore trees every time. Yet, until I chose Leaning Sycamores for my binding project, I never really noticed them. Delving into the book has helped me see sycamores in all their variety and beauty. Here's another tree from yesterday's walk. And Darryl, with the Catoctin Aqueduct in the background. The Park has placed markers that describe the restoration of the aqueduct. Businesses and individuals sponsored reclamation of fallen and damaged stones, which were then put back into their original locations. I found parallels to bookbinding and conservation, of course. Now, back to the Bible I am repairing.

Another unique camouflage pattern, with stark shadows cast by late-afternoon sunlight.

Darryl, with the Catoctin aqueduct in the background. My camera battery died so I could not photograph the restored aqueduct up close.

This is the underside of the tree.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Leaning Sycamores finished

I delivered the book to our exhibit coordinator today! I've been working on this concept since June, with the most intense focus during the past two weeks. It's finished and out of my hands now. I'm coming up for air at last. The opening reception for the exhibit is December 3, 6-8 PM at the Bethesda Library.

The paper has pine-needle inclusions. I bound in the book's original dust jacket.

All four scrolls, completed.

The Potomac River Water Trail maps are beautiful, and printed on high-quality paper--just right for the box.

I decoupaged a sycamore leaf, backed it with Moriki, and inset it into the spine of the box.

This photo I took of a sycamore reflected in water alludes to the author's "reflections" on the natural world.

I printed sycamore-bark photos and then overprinted them with the title. The font is Post Mediaeval, the same typeface used on the book's dust jacket (first photo above).