Friday, March 22, 2013

Gelatin Prints and Bookmaking

Well, it looks like I have finally found a use for many of my gelatin monoprints!

These accordian books are just the right venue for showing some of the jewel-like parts of the prints. Many of the prints I make have a few lovely areas and some not so lovely. So collaging and cutting them up can still save them and make them even more invaluable in the work.

I am working on a book now with copy. After so many years of being a textbook designer I find it nearly impossible to consider a book complete without text. I know it can be done, but for me, I like words in my books.

I am not a writer. I am not a poet. So I am trying to find poems and words that are meaningful to me. Something I would have written if I could write!

I am currently working on a book illustrating a poem by Anna Akhmatova, a Russian poet.

There is a lovely poem/story written by Eavan Boland and illustrated by the book artist, Charles Hobson. See the video here

12 comments:

Sue said...

This is lovely Roberta, you may not consider yourself a poet but I think this is poetry:-)

Roberta said...

Ah, thank you Sue for your kind words.

Barb Fernald said...

The accordian books make me think of the process of cropping photos to keep the best parts. I really love watching your process evolve. The book is beautiful, even without words!

Barb Fernald said...

The book is beautiful even before the words accompany it. I love watching your print journey evolve.

bridgette said...

wonderful Roberta! i agree with Sue above, this is poetry

Mary C. Nasser said...

This looks fantastic!
I love it!

Roberta said...

Oh yes, exactly. The cropping is the best part. I can get at the heart of the image.

Roberta said...

Thanks Barb for all your kind words and support.

Roberta said...

Thanks Bridgette!

Roberta said...

Thank you Mary. Things are evolving.........

linda germain said...

I love the way you are putting these images together!

Roberta said...

Thanks Linda!