The function of book covers is to provide protection for their contents.
When I started using logs for covers, it seemed to enhance the idea that books provide protective spaces to get lost in a story, record history, discover wisdom. They also provide a safe space to gather one’s own thoughts, hopes, fears, dreams.
It seemed natural to create a ‘space within a space’ to expand on these ideas of the safety and protection that books have to offer us. The nine miniature books hide neatly away within the solid log covers which can be secured by the leather and brass pin closure.
The cedar log used for this Bibliotèque Cachèe was found on one of my favourite hikes in Manitoba. I’ve carved out a little cubby hole or book shelf and filled it with nine tiny booklets. The covers for these miniatures are made with mono print test prints by Winnipeg based visual artist Sue Gordon. Together, Sue and I host the annual Malcolm Island Retreat.
Inside you’ll find aged Strathmore drawing paper (80 lb). This paper works well with graphite pencil, coloured pencil, pen and ink, marker, soft pastel, mixed media and oil pastel; perfect for all your drawing and writing needs. Each signature is wrapped in a cover of Strathmore watercolour paper (130 lb).
Log covers are hand sewn with linen thread using the two needle coptic method of binding.
Leather and antique brass pin closure
192 drawing pages / 32 water colour pages
14.5 cm x 13 cm x 8 cm when closed
6” x 5” x 3 1/8” when closed
|Dimensions||18 × 18 × 18 cm|