I’m certain everyone has those tasks, perceived as gargantuan that get left and left until The Day when they must be tackled. And, they ARE as huge as you thought they would be, but what a relief once they’re done. Plagiarism was such an undertaking. But now it is done – and its beautiful. Back in 2011 I took a paper I had written, plus assorted documents I had NOT written, pulped them, and remade the paper. These pages are then embedded text and images remade.
I asked artists (some members of IUOMA) if they would like to receive two sets of pages, air their views on plagiarism and return them to me. And most of them did. The recycled paper, is brittle (commercial paper has very short fibers and once remade becomes even more fragile) and thick. I knew binding would be a massive task as the artists had all treated the pages differently, some even removing the gutter section! On Monday I hauled it out of its tomb and for the first time in 3 years the folios saw the light of day. I deemed yesterday TO BE THE DAY! Eventually I opted for Coptic binding which was difficult with the fragility of the paper so I firstly reinforced each signature with Japanese paper. It took a LONG time with much muttering – BUT it is done. And it’s a striking, unique book. Many thanks to the following artists who returned their pages. I WILL be sending some sort of documentation as I promised.
List of Participants
“E” – France
Rob Grant – Australia
Rosa Gravino – Argentina
Judith Heartsong – USA
Lisa Iverson – USA
Diane Keys – USA
Susanna Lakner – Germany
Lesley Magwood Fraser – South Africa
Katerina Nitoltsou – Greece
Bifidus Jones – USA
Cheryl Penn – South Africa
Svetlana Pesetskaya – Russia
Nancy Bell Scott – USA
Judy Skolnik – USA
Jen Staggs – USA
Guido Vermeulen – Belgium
Nadine Wendell Mojica – USA
Marie Wintzer – Japan
Book 3 – An Anthology of International Doodles – the American Version.
This book was bound prior to a HEAVY work schedule (more than usual!), a digital festival, a trip to Turkey, an ENORMOUS catalogue for An Encyclopedia of Everything and Other Matters and the exhibition set up - i.e. I don’t know if I will have time to make any more books (sadly). The response from American artists was very generous – even C T Chew who does NOT doodle, doodled for this collaboration.
David S Aponte, Stan Askew, C Mehrl Bennett, John M Bennett, C T Chew, Bifidus Jones, MusicMaster, RCBz, Mark Sonnenfeld, Alicia Starr, Mathew Stolte, David Stone, Nadine Wendell Mojica and Reed Wood.
Post Script: The pre-made cover was full after Matthew – the others are a Carry Over. Ever been one of those?
Mehrl C Bennett by Cheryl Penn
The Name of Mehrl C Bennett’s blog is OVER THE SOFA/UNDER THE SKIN/INSIDE THE HEAD and I get the feeling, that in all those places, she is full functioning, all the time every minute she breathes.
I set out the book using certain words which CMB uses in a poem titled My Momento - for example:
See u-tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNvu_iqCFPc
“Vocabulary lists (numbers refer to first page of stories) from the back section of an old children’s school book were scanned, edited, and sometimes rearranged into small lists which make up “Little Stories”, all set into a visual and audio framework” . All media aspects were designed by artist/poet/musician C. Mehrl Bennett in May of 2014″.
Through her blog, http://cmehrlbennett.wordpress.com we are constantly invited to look into the recesses and bright joys of CMB’s world. For example – entry dated June 1st 2014 – “Our Memorial Day weekend involved dinner served up on this year’s new back yard patio with special guest, Edward Lense, who has written collaborative cinquains with us before so was not surprised when I brought out my little notebook after we ate.
And there’s the matter of Asemic Shadows – a beautifully made small accordion book. Collaboration works on many levels – it’s a self sustaining sport of the greatest pleasure – while making this book, Little Stories another version pushed itself through. In conclusion – to quote :
Another wonderful issue of Zine in a Box from TICTAC (Germany). I am always AMAZED at her creativity.
List of contributors of issue 6
Angela Behrendt, Germany
Bifidus Jones, USA
Carlos Iglesias Botana, Spain
Cesar Reglero Campos, Spain
Cheryl Penn, South Africa
Christian Alle, France
Eduardo Cardoso, Portugal
Elke Grundmann, Germany
Fabrice Riviere, Belgium
Guido Vermeulen, Belgium
Heinz W. Lotz, Germany
Henning Mittendorf, Germany
Jürgen O. Olbrich, Germany
Kazuri Murakami, Japan
Lamberto Caravita, Italy
Maurizio Follin, Italy
Roland Halbritter, Germany
Svenja Wahl, Germany
Tiziana Baracchi, Italy
Walter Pennacchi, Italy
Wilma Duguay, Canada
The days are catapulting towards the Exhibition An Encyclopedia of Everything and Other Matters. The doodle call has yielded 4 books for the collection – I just have to bind the other two sets. America gets its own book and closing the set are the doodles received from RCBz. True Doodles I think. I had to dig deep into a packet of other delights from him, and there they were nestling.
Light as air as I sometimes imagine TICTAC to be, her doodles actually let on more than she thinks – I think!
I have not traded much with Meal Agar (Turkey) so it was good to see she returned the doodle sheet – Venus of Willendorf inspired??
Frieder Speck is one of my favorite drawers – I think he uses two hand techniques and blind drawing at times, but emotion and life shine through.
3.0 # 13 (My First Little Book of Fears) (edition 2 of 12) Collaborating an the artists book website has enabled me to come into contact with such diversity of styles, knowledge and The Art of other book artists. Such effort has gone into these collaborations and it is a gift to receive these books. Take Robyn’s for example. It “contains hand drawn and lettered pages using pen and gouache, outlining different phobias with accompanying illustrations”.
“It is meant to imitate the style of a young child’s storybook with simple illustrations and lettering in bright primary colours of yellow and red. Red being a common colour to represent fear and danger.
As I was making it I was imagining a young child creating this book to outline, understand and chronicle newly discovered fears, as childhood seems to be when the catalysts for these phobias take shape. We all have things we feel antipathy towards or have an aversion to but the formation of phobias piques my interest, the how and why of someone becoming so fearful of everyday objects and events as to render them helpless when confronted by their fear”.
ISAIAH Book 3 – (30:22 – 44:22). Writing out extant scripture is a meditative process, making one aware of text, word by single word.
From Isaiah 32, we look forward in hope to the time of the King reigning in righteousness and princes ruling with justice. Where, the foolish person will no longer be called generous and the miser said to be bountiful. The schemes of the schemer are seen to be malicious and the effects of justice and righteousness will be peace, quietness and assurance forever. I would not like to wander the world without Godly direction and a worldview generated by self. Somehow, it seems the puniest ambition in light of all that is promised.