Since July I've been binding a very, very, very loooong coptic 'book' and the night before last I finally finished it - wheeeee!
The book is 2.4m long (or 8ft for all you imperialists!) and I used almost 100m of waxed linen thread to bind the un-counted sections together - each section in the book is a single page from Colliers encyclopaedias that has been folded and cut down into 16 leaves - the work contains approx 5-6 volumes from the set of encyclopaedias - so it's a rather heavy and unwieldy 'book'.
From the outset I had in mind that the piece may become part of a installation or exhibition that also contains my book stacks or burnt book images - as the work grew - I started to see how the piece could be arranged in seemingly limitless ways:
Laid out straight - the extreme length can be appreciated - so too can my careful arrangement of tones of the spine pages...
The piece can be easily rolled up to form a spiral - and looks just lovely (and its 'booky' nature is actually quite concealed like this)
but it's all the possibilites of freeform arrangements that has me really excited!
ooooh what fun!