Friday, June 4, 2010

All the pages are ready for binding...but wait!

This is the opening title page

The title page without the overlay

This page created by Patricia van Essche that I thought was so perfect as a lead in is page 2.

Page 3 Dedication...had to get some calligraphy in somewhere ;o)
Page 4 the list of participating artists and contact information.

After finishing all the signatures and preparing to add the cover paper to the construction I put it all aside as something didn't seem right to me. 
The spine at 4 1/2" would not accommodate all the pages comfortably.  I realized this at 2:00 a.m. when I woke from a deep sleep to the relief that I had not yet started sewing the art into the spine.  I needed to construct the book all over again but with the spine at 6" this time.  

The problem, as I finally realized, was that some of the art was created out of fabric and some from a very heavy stock which made the signatures wider then the others which would not layout evenly throughout.  I will have to create the holes for sewing individually as I go however the spacing will be more evenly distributed with the larger spine size.  This is going to be one heck of a book!

With the new construction started and a new covering made, I will be going forward to start sewing the signatures onto the binding next.  I will have to remember to breathe along the way as it is pretty daunting working with everyone's artwork.  I know everyone put trust in me to see this project through and the pressure feels enormous right now.  However, I have confidence that it will all turn out wonderful and perfect once I get over the hurdle of sewing in the artwork.  

The hand sewing was the only part I felt hesitant about.  Because of my progressive rheumatoid arthritis my hands are limiting my mind.  Where I once took so much pride that my hands could create anything my mind envisioned I try not to dwell on the potential limitations that RA could cause in my life.  I feel blessed that I am still able to do a lot of art projects and I stay focused on today and not what could potentially happen. 

So, moving right along, this wonderful project has brought me so much joy and fulfillment even with the challenges...I will forever be grateful to be able to complete a long time desire to help our kindred spirits and for the contribution received from each generous artist. 

Stay tuned for the completion....hopefully very soon.


pve design said...

If only I lived nearby, I would come a lend a "paw"~
Looks amazing and I am so honored to be included.
Full of gratitude!

je pense que said...

This is so beautiful. I love how you are using the vellum to add layers of interest and detail.

Thank you for all the heart you are putting into this excellent project.

Jane Farr said...

You are amazing Renee! It's clear this book is a labor of love, and it's a privilege and honor to be a part of such an inspiring collaboration. The title and dedication pages are beautiful. I think I would have separation anxiety anticipating its release. Wishing you strong hands and nimble fingers as you bind it together. xoxo

Mary said...

Renee, what a wonderful idea, and this is going to be one beautiful big piece of art filled with other pieces of art!!!

Kelly Warren said...

this is going to be just beautiful, Renee, no matter how you finish it! i'm so honored to be included. :-) can't wait to see the finished project.

Martha Lever said...

I agree with Kelly! It will be just the most wonderful book of love! You will do a wonderful job. I did not know that you had RA. My mother struggled it it for many years but back then they didn't have all the great medications that they do now. I know that it is a struggle though... and I will be thinking of you often because it is a disease that is close to my heart.

Gaby Bee said...

I agree with the above comments this is going to be the most wonderful book of love! A really wonderful project, Renee!
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Sending hugs across the miles!

Heather said...

WOW, I can't believe how beautiful this is........!!!! You are making this INCREDIBLE!


Heather said...

This is MAGNIFICENT! WOW, I am so lucky to be a part of this!
Thank you Renee, you are an incredible artist!