Marcy Erb at Illustrated Poetry and I have been blog friends for years, and even better, we have actually met in person, some years ago. Our most recent doings involve an artist book project collaboration that has had a long history – I think we got it started in 2016? Maybe? If you want all the details, look here for my first post about the project, where I give more information.
Here I am showing you some random images, pages where I did only one side of the page spread and left the other one for Marcy to create however she might like.
You can see that I incorporated some parts of the book’s earlier library life – the card pocket, the bar code (right there is a tangible picture of how times have changed, isn’t it?)
In the cat picture, the book arrived with the cut out chromosones on the page, put in place by Marcy. I took that theme and in some way made a connection with the idea of a cat, which I then set out on the page. No one says any of this process has to make the kind of sense that we ordinarily see in everyday life.
That’s another thing about these book projects: sometimes you do a whole page by yourself, and other times, both artists mix their work.
I have done other collaborative projects and I have also made quite a few of these artist books. Here is a partial list. You can also check under the category Artist Books, here on my blog.
Note: You might like to click on the images and see them in the viewer; back when I was doing a lot of these books I was new to blogging and did not understand making the photos larger in the actual post…
And my favorite book that I have made, In November. Because in November is when I was born and it’s my time of year.
Here is a beautiful project I did with Sharon Mann some years ago: Nothing But Sunshine
We, Sharon and I, also made two decks of playing cards: Pick a Card, Any Card
If you have any questions let me know. Maybe making an art book is for you!