Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bad Design (Unrepentant)

Well, it's pretty elementary - don't place photos so they're running into the gutter. But the Red Queen seems so reckless in her flight - so I yielded to the impulse to break the rules. On many of the right hand pages, I used various pieces of fabric and some paper ephemera as frames. My intent was to increase a certain feeling of claustrophobia that I associate with Victorian society. This section of the book was about the many self-professed authorities advising Alice.

The Tweedle brothers are twins, so they are mirror images of each other, thus the mirror writing on this spread.

Well, that's a little glimpse of my book. It's a little under 80 pages long, mostly pictures but with an essay in sections and some quotes from the two books.

16 comments:

Totalfeckineejit said...

On reflection I really love the mirrrory stuff of the tweedles and the grassy background.Splendiferous indeed, Sparko!

Needle Woven Studio said...

It must be a tremendous feeling to have in hand the very beautiful book you've created. I hope you have a celebration. Cheers!

rosedale's 4head said...

i like the layout running into the margins...i like the idea of portraying claustraphobia--that's pretty dam.n cool! this is historical, moving, a lovely tribute to one of the most complex authors as far as psyche&art goes, and it's so deserving of a BIG GRANDE Congratulations!!!

keep doing whatcha do...

Titus said...

I just got confirmation of my shipping order. Somewhat excited.

Healing Woman said...

Congratulations! You did it. The book looks superb.

steve said...

It looks excellent to me and I'll definitely have to grab myself a copy of this one!

ArtSparker said...

Aw, thanks, Steve.

Cláudia said...

We, readers of your blog, have been seeing some of the photos and words that are in your book. But nothing compares to have it in paper, the physical book. Also, the book - the way it was conceived, the photos and words - is surprisingly different from the material sparsely posted in the blog. A totally different experience, I would say.

I have my Dreaming Alice with me and I am so in love with it!

Congratulations, Susan!

Celeste Bergin said...

it looks like such a beautiful book!

jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com said...

creative,
your art is beautiful!

Steve said...

The book looks amazing. It's been a priviledge seeing the journey unfold. Thank you and well done.

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

Oh, that Tweedles page! I've got my Charlotte Brontë T-shirt for this month---next month I'll be getting my Dreaming Alice for sure!

jess said...

I love how you mention claustrophobia and the Victorian Era. Suppression of everything in the name of beauty and acceptance!

Tomás Serrano said...

I like these clever ideas. Congrats for your book.

Cláudia said...

Oh, I couldn't resist: I don't know whether Jess had this in mind when she wrote her comment about suppression in the Victorian Era, but I quote Carroll:

"Here one of the guinea-pigs cheered, and was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court. (As that is a rather word, I will just explain to you how it was done. They had a large canvas bag, which tied up at the mouth with strings: into this they slipped the guinea-pig, head first, and then sat upon it.)
'I'm glad I've seen that done', thought Alice. 'I've so often heard in the newspapers, at the end of the trials, 'There was some attempt at applause, which was immediately suppressed by the officers of the court.' and I never understood what it meant till now.'"

lettuce said...

i love the tweedles - this looks so fabulous!