The way I stitched my book was the only way the professor didn’t teach us in class the stitch sowing with only the back stitch showing on the back edge. I did my pages double (the one with the space in between). I just gathered paper from around the club areas with all different papers students leave around, and my cover is a Disney flier. The insides of the book kind off depicts what students do in school, that some ways bring out their inner child. These are fliers with activities and events offered by school clubs for students to have fun. However, I also included pages of paper that students read as part of homework and things of such sort. It’s sort of a book that depicts the life of an average Baruch student. Below are some of the pictures of my book at different angles.
When I first read of this homework I was a bit skeptical of how much I would actually enjoy. When I first walked in I thought, “yup I was right, this will be boring…” but then when I started looking through the pieces I got more and more interested and ended up spending 1.5 hours there, mind you there were only 15 books.
My favorite book is titled SECRETS by Kelley Hensing. I was first attracted to it the pictures on the wall (bigger versions of the pictures inside the book). I thought it would have to do with a deep, dark, and scary story but it actually ended up being a nice story about a young girl who has inner fears and decides that she needs to face them. My favorite quote from the book was “…learned to live in the moment…” The book cover is made with this thick old wrinkled paper and there’s a red/orange/dark brown eagle thats molded and stands out from the book. The inside pages looked like the edges are burnt and as if it were from ancient times. The colors in the pictures are amazing, and if I’m not mistaken they are all painting not printed. The front and back pages of the book are attached to the covers through some shiny paper and the inside is stitched sown.
There was also a book that had a video that told a really nice story about love, and how people do what ever it takes and risk so much in order to find that one person whom they love! It was actually really nice and the music was awesome!!
I wrote a quote that I really liked from one of the books. The purpose of the book was to re-quote other quotes that are commonly said. Some of the quotes were:
Re-Quote:It’s not he who has little, but he who wants more who is poor.”
Humble BeautyGood nature will always supply the absence of beauty.”
Overall I actually was very impressed and thought it was really cool.
The pictures posted below are various books in the show. They may look a bit strange or far because I wasn’t supposed to take pictures but I did it any way. 🙂
Furniture Bondage $30.00
Author: Melanie Bonajo
Publisher: Kodoji Press ( HYPERLINK “http://www.kodoji.com” www.kodoji.com)
Looking through the shelf I see a book in the “last copy’s” section with a woman, from what it seems, carrying various furniture pieces on her body. She is completely nude, hair covering her face and pieces of furniture attached to her body. Seems very painful! The books is glue bound, the cover is a thick form of glossy paper, and in the inside are pictures of different women with the furniture pieces hanging from their bodies. The pictures are 8 ½” x 11” inches with a white border around them, maybe ½” inch. This white border is also in the covers of the book, both back and front. My one concern or I guess critique about this book is that it seems as if these women were put through a bunch of pain to actually take these shots, unless they were computerized, which doesn’t seem like it.
Famous Last Words $12.00
Author: Jim Johnson
What first attracted me to this book was the title of the book; I thought there would be quotes from famous or very important people from the past. The book looks very plain so it doesn’t seem like it would have anything interesting inside. When I open to the first page it appears to be a bunch of letters that don’t make any sense. I’m trying to make a mold out of this and figure out what it all means. When I’m about to give up I take a look at the back cover and realize it’s the same as the front covers title but instead it’s written backwards and reads bottom up. This I thought was very cool and I started reading through the pages. I thought it was very interesting. This book is glue bound, the outside cover is a glossy thick paper, and in the inside its regular thin white paper.
Future Histories $10.00
Author: Alex Decarli
Publisher: What Nothing Press [Brooklyn, NY]
( HYPERLINK “http://www.whatnothinpress.com” www.whatnothinpress.com)
The only reason why I picked this book was because of the pretty cover paper. It is a light green textured paper, as if an ancient tile with cracks. Its sowed is this zigzag form that is aesthetically pleasing. When I opened the book I began to wonder what the pictures were because it looked like these weird shaped pieces of rocks. One page it would be one shape and say “History” and the top and the other page said “Future” and had a different shape. Then I turned to the last page and it had a description of all the pages as “Land Mass Constellation # __”, each with a different number. I just really liked the paper texture it was very pretty, soothing, calm.
Flower Bond $30.00
Author: Gil Gomez
Publisher: Elk Books
Distributed: Beijing, Los Angeles, New York ( HYPERLINK “http://www.elkzine.com” www.elkzine.com)
I thought the image in the cover was sort of disruptive but at the same time comforting. It was a woman with hair that’s in the shape of flames; it’s this soft pint that somehow emits this strong vibe. You can sort of tell she has a soft loving face but there’s a skull overlaying it so you cant really tell. She’s holding a perfume up to her neck; her hands are very angelic like, they look very tender. This picture to me resembles love and hate. It resembles an angel trapped in a rebel’s body. I really like this picture because there are so many ways it can be interpreted. When I open to the first page there’s a drawing, looks as if a kid drew it, with a guy whose shirt said “Eat Shit and Live!” I look to my left and there’s a short synopsis explaining the story of the author whom no one really knew. No one knows what he looks like or who he was. They only know about him through this book and it’s because the book was found in some abandoned building in Los Angeles. The book consists of a bunch of pictures that can in some ways be interpreted to mean different things; nonetheless, at first glance looks like nonsense. There’s a picture in the last page (49) that says self portrait and it’s a robotic dinosaur with really sharp teeth that looks very angry. If it were cheaper I would’ve bought to actually take the time to look through the pictures and see what they may symbolize. This was stapled, the cover was thick and the pages were regular thin white pages.
Soft Collars $17.00
Author: Mr. Smith
This book is approximately 4 ½” x 18” inches, reading horizontally. The book spells out the poem “ring, a ring, o’ roses, a pocket, full, of posies, a ti-shoo, a ti-shoo, we all, fall, down.” Every page is split with words, the way it’s separated with commas above. The inside pages are off white semi-gloss papers with different colored collars on each page. The cover is a thin glossy paper and the back cover is cardboard paper. The book is stapled on the side which is covered by this black tape material. The last page has wording that show proper ways to care for collars and how to wear and fold them properly.
God Damn the Sun (A 100 Drawings from Napoleon at the Party) $30.00
Author: Jasper Sebastian Stürup
© 2007 Jasper Sebastian Stürup Fluen Forlas
Printed by: Sangill Grafisk (Denmark)
What I really liked from this book was the pictures inside. They’re all traces without faces and unfinished but they’re very intriguing and artistic. The pages inside are different colors, but mostly white, black, and red. They are soft matte pages, but very thick. The book is glue bound and it’s composed of small booklets glued together. The cover of the book is thick.