This year Carolyn has donated a sketchbook art kit to Dawson Creek Art Gallery’s “Behind the Words” fundraiser. This is an entertaining and exciting annual event held at the Gallery. Artwork is donated to a live lottery event; ticket holders choose an item in the order their tickets are drawn. Donated artwork is on display beforehand. The fun comes in once the pieces are cloaked and given a description composed by local poets. Draw winners must try to match the words to the artwork they desire to take home. Did they choose correctly? The piece is unveiled for the live audience to see!
This is a hand bound, deerskin book that includes a variety of papers for sketching in pencil and ink as well as painting, using the removable watercolour palette and water brush that are included. The pencil and pen will be replaced with new ones before the item is delivered. It features an original watercolour painting on the cover.
Here’s the reason Carolyn got into making miniature books – her entire stock fits in a square foot. These are ready for the Dawson Creek Gallery Christmas sale and the Spirit River Craft Show and Sale. Some may end up in other places as well, but they’re also laughably easy to transport!
People can’t tell what a book is about if they can’t see a title, and, especially with hand made miniatures, people don’t look inside for content if they don’t get a hint that the book is full of words and pictures. Putting tiny titles onto tiny covers made of leather is tricky, and making leather frames is a long process that can fail miserably if the leather doesn’t cooperate. Sometimes thinking outside the box offers a welcome break from the usual process. These flaps are not without their challenges, but they add a real hand made feel. And the loops? They do fit a small finger, so you might want to carry a book that way. Otherwise they are strictly aesthetic, and I like it!
Here’s another example of invention, this time born of necessity-due-to-mistakes. That double frame is the result of measuring once, cutting… oh no!
Carolyn has been experimenting with her book covers, trying to ad a flash of colour and incorporate different materials. A bit of ribbon can go a long way. Above are versions of Watercolours by Judith A. Brown, Fairies, and Watercolours by Carolyn Kosabeck. Below, Christmas Carols from Long Ago.
The original newest batch of miniature books numbered 17. Well, those ones are all finished, as well as a few more, and then a few more… Some of these are brand new inside and out: I extended Watercolours by Judith A. Brown and Watercolours by Carolyn Kosabeck to include 72 paintings each. The one in front is called Time and I had totally forgotten I had put it together a few years ago. It needs some expansion too so I only made one copy.
The covers are always lots of fun. A little variety can make each volume of the same book unique. That’s good for the artist as well because it can become tedious to make many copies all the same. This summer I sold another of the boxed sets of Shakespeare’s plays, seven plays per box. These are fairly pricey collections, of course, so I was pleased that someone was unable to resist the box of tiny books. I might make another in the red suede but the titles have to be inset or they get pulled apart going in and out of the box.
Carolyn has a big boost to her stock of books underway: 17 new ones. They have all been printed, cut, sewn and given head bands. In this stage, several are getting their end papers.
Below, time to begin the fun part; designing covers. This is when the urge to complete the project gets really strong. The time factor becomes secondary to the creativity factor and the books transition from exact copies to unique collectibles. Stay tuned for final results.