Wednesday, 18 March 2009

neighbours

House buying is moving along. Slowly still. The whole process is still stressing me out, still more stressful than I imagined it would be. I hadn't expected to feel this out of control of the whole situation, to be relying so much on other people to sort it out, very frustrating! But hopefully (land registry administration willing) we should have the keys by the end of the month, and then the real fun begins...


We need to replace the electrics, the boiler and the bathroom for starters, then carpet the living room, remove the lino in the bedrooms (lino in bedrooms?!) and sand the floors, sort out the kitchen, decorate throughout and landscape the garden... And now I just want to get in there and make a start.


Anyway. These books were made from lino plates I cut a while back. I made three books with the prints, with three different bindings, but didn't really like any of them; all too fussy or not strong enough, so the idea got side tracked (and the books got put in box). A few months ago I found the plates again, and realised that the altered pamphlet stitch binding I worked out for some notebooks would work here too...


The trees are printed in black ink on BFK Rives grey paper, and also on various layers of tissue. I like the way the tissue changes the black to shades of grey. Perhaps it looks a bit like there's distance between the trees? Or mist. I like the idea of travelling through the trees as I turn the page...


I was also thinking of making some single prints of these trees for my shop, for framing, although I haven't quite worked out how to get the layers of paper and tissue to stay together. Or maybe it should be interactive? Choose your own arrangement type thing... hmmm.

Fingers crossed the solicitor rings tomorrow :)

7 comments:

Ali said...

I hear you on the lack of control thing - that's the element that always drives me crazy. That and having to wait to put all my plans into action!

Consider my fingers well and truly crossed.

Ashbee said...

These books are great - glad you found a way to use something that hadn't quite worked the first time round...

LOVE STITCHING RED said...

Hi, thanks so much for stopping by my blog today and leaving a comment. It was really kind of you

Your tree designs are wonderful, I like them very much in your little stitched books - Beautiful!

Carolyn

Billy said...

Fingers are crossed!

Love the trees, they´re simple and beautiful.

Have a nice weekend!

hansaarts.com said...

Hi Sarah - love these tree books - i am a sucker for tree drawings.
I havent been by lately and read all your news. CONGRATULATIONS on your engagement and your upcoming new home.
-Bhavna

said...

i love those trees:)

John Ang said...

Could you describe how you do the altered pamphlet stitch binding.

Thanks