The front and back covers are rescued from an old (very, very old!) book that had been sent to Reverse Garbage in Brisbane (fascinating place!). I collaged and painted them and added a piece of handmade, textured silk paper to the cover. Along with cute little tiles spelling out the title.
I'm quite chuffed with my construction too - I scanned maps and printed them onto watercolour paper, burned all the edges (for that old, travel worn look...) and set about binding all that together with painted satay sticks and silk thread...I wasn't sure if I could make it work, but am very excited to say it works a treat! Plenty of room for all the other artists to add lots of stuff to all the pages and still sit flat as a book.
My page is a nod to Rae...with her new angel winds, and the things she loved...her hubby, her kids, gardens and babies...she loved babies! Underlying it all is my journalling of my experience of my journey into loss...obliterated and made beautiful by all those memories.
All boxed up in it's own special box for it's journey...It's off to Donna in Brisbane. I am fascinated to see how my little book will look when it comes home!
You can see what we're all up to as the collaboration progresses by visiting http://alteredbookcollaboration09.blogspot.com/ At this stage, there are a few of the artists themes on there, and hopefully some photos soon!
I'm off to clean up the phenomenal mess I've made while creating this treasure...I know there's a bench under there somewhere!