I wanted to make a book that I can keep as a physical reminder of what I had that was lost, mainly of my childhood. The house I grew up in in Taiwan had distinctive heavy wooden doors, I remember as a kid, I hated opening those doors to go home because they were just too heavy for a kid. However, those were the doors that opened up to a family, a place to rest and sheltered us in our house. We also have these traditions in Taiwan and China where we burn paper money or paper houses for the deceased so they can carry those things with them into their afterlife, while I do not necessarily think this piece is my offering for the dead but more so an offering for what I have lost and like I said, a physical reminder of what was once there.
There are images printed on top of the paper in white ink further gives the feeling of what was once there and it’s all fading. It is really difficult to photograph the white on white but in some areas you can see more than the others.
That’s the book in the sleeve.
Coming out of the sleeve.
You can kind of see the images on there, just barely.
More close up, you can kind of see the texts here. This is my colophon page with title, technical specs and a white pencil mark of the edition number. There’s also edition number and my signature on the back of the sleeve, also in white.
Each panel has Japanese paper glued on the back that alludes to the traditional Asian doors but not quite it.
Title: Home 10/22
Date created: April 2013
Technical specs: White lithographic ink on fabriano rosapina with Japanese paper (gampi paper)
Dimensions: 6cm x 15cm x 1cm
Edition of 10.
Availability: Sold out
I posted about my Berlin zines a while back (they’re still not really zines) and I am still not done making them. It took me ages to cut all 160 sheets of paper then folding, gluing, pressing and finally sewing. I have 4 of them done in time for the Bristol Artists Book Event this weekend, I will be there on Saturday with UCLan Drawing and Image Making!
Dimensions for the book: 18 x 16 cm, roughly 1 inch in thickness (I like to mix my units.) It’s a double sewn accordion book with 44 pages on each side, so 88 pages total (lucky number.) The book contains photographs that I have taken during my trip in Berlin and most of the photos were taken whilst being lost in the city. They kept telling us that our destination is just around the corner but it never was just around the corner and more like an extra hour walk.
One side contains touristy attractions and buildings, the other side contains their street art, which is my favorite side.
You can just about see the sewn thread here.
You can also use it as a slinky.
It’s an edition of 10 and this is 8/10. I’ll be selling these for £20 each.
I submitted my Berlin zine for Cafe Royal’s 2013 Project and was accepted!
The private view was on April 16th at the Hanover Project Space. The show will be on until May 8th. I managed to take two photos during the private view, there are better photos on CR’s website.
Bookshelf containing great books/publications. I still haven’t managed to go through all the books yet. You can see my book on the bottom row, sixth one from the left. The funny thing is, my book got rubber banded, haha, or else it would’ve slinky-ed down the shelf. Really makes me question if I should have packaged/presented it in a different way. I have to admit that’s my weakness some times…
New book, called Secrets 1/12, it’s an accordion book with illegible calligraphy cut out with black silk thread paper. It contains my deep inner secrets/turmoils from childhood, it’s almost as if I’m revealing myself yet unwilling to since most of the secrets are not readable.
Some more from the side.
It was suggested to me that I dip my hands into books with less planning and something quick like a zine, but being an extremely uptight person that I am, I just couldn’t completely let myself do that. I’ve decided to use the photos that I have taken during my short trip to Berlin at the end of January to make a ‘quick’ book, so this was my take on a ‘zine’ that is really a double sewn accordion.
These are my many artist’s proofs, due to the printshop’s mix up, I got the wrong sized papers so I made a mini one at first but the actual size is the one on the left.
One side of the book is the general touristy Berlin stuff and the other side is more focused on their street art.
These will be available shortly (probably won’t be available for a while because I have to handcut, glue and sew them) in an edition of 10. Prices have yet to be determined.
Also I’ll be going to the Leeds art book fair on March 9th. I made an one-off Chinese character book just to bring with me to put on the table and nothing else, but hopefully I’ll have more things by the time the Bristol art book fair comes around. I’ll at the UCLAN’s Drawing and Image Making table, they have kindly allowed me to tag along with them.