Where to go next? The stories and background of people within the walks were starting to take shape and research was being undertaken, so the next task is to create an object to forensically examine. With my stories idea, I decided on creating a book in which to house my research and stories so far. If you think about how many people may use just one book over its lifetime, there can be so many stories not just within it, but attached to it- like names in the front cover, the wear and tear, and even personal thoughts/notes written throughout it. Books can also be more sentimental objects. For example, I always remember this one book at home which belongs to my mother. It was her home economics book from her school Leaving Certificate, and even though theres no front cover, its got hand-written notes though it, pages are missing and it is literally falling apart, she still uses it everytime she makes certain recipes because they’re the ones she has always used, and probably the same ones my Nanny has always used. I think there would be a war if it ever got thrown out… With this in mind, I want to create an object that can hold memories and history, as well as artistically telling fictional stories.
My investigations into how books were made started off fairly unsuccessfully. I rang local bookmakers to see if I could come and observe and quiz them about the bookmaking process in order to start making my book. Sadly, their Public Liability Insurance doesn’t cover members of the public going into the workshop, so instead I turned to our trusty friend, Youtube. After discovering a few videos of people making books (with way more equipment than I could get my hands on!) I stumbled across a few DIY book websites, which would help me create a book with readily available materials and tools. The mock-up book I created is a learning process to discover if the materials I have chosen work, in addition to the process itself.
(Pictures of the book mock up to follow)
In addition to the book itself, I have started on the contents and creating back stories for the short moments in time that Janet and I cross paths with other characters. These may take some time to construct as they may be in a variety of formats, including first person narratives and newspaper articles. We’ll see how the story progresses from here…