25/01/2009

Stage 1 of Book Art Collaboration - studio work

Have spent a day in the studio experimenting with making 'envelopes out of envelopes'- not sure where this is going but it is my first response to making the bookwork for sub(missive) - I've enjoyed this immensely - it has been inspired by a visit to the Yoko Ono exhibition at the BALTIC gallery in Gateshead yesterday and her quote about 'In-structure' - I have decided to call the bookwork In-structure (as that is exactly what it is) My idea at the moment is to insert something secretive in each envelope - a key will be involved! Watch this space as ideas begin to take form .................. To see the instructions I received go here

I love the envelopes with 'windows'


'In-structure
Something that emerged from instruction and yet not quite emerged - not quite structured - never quite structured.......like an unfinished church with a sky ceiling' (Yoko Ono)

15 comments:

boodely said...

I love what you're doing.

In college I did a mail art project inspired by the Fluxus group. It was so much fun, I loved it.

Wish I could see that Ono show.

Char said...

so creative....I wish I could think up stuff like this

mansuetude said...

that Yoko Ono quote is interesting

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I adore the mystery of enclosed items, of openings and discovery...What a yummy project!

india said...

the wanderer is delighted to have been found by the rambler...and is beginning a good rummage through these intriguing pages!
incidentally, one of my students [this week] told me of Hedi Kyle and her lovely 'Blizzard Book' - a pocketed gem with spine folded from a single sheet of paper.
you may alrady know of this, if not, google the name - there are instructions on the 'net.
warm wishes,
india

BLACK AND WHITE said...

Love your work and your way of thinkig! Exciting!

Wild Somerset Child said...

Hey Rosie I cannot think how I missed this post - what a wonderful project and way to make all manner of little journals out of junk mail. Fabulous; I'll add this to my next embryonic travel diary I think. Thanks for the idea. Ann

Karin said...

I love your idea! hidden pockets and secret messages will add such mystery and fun for the receiver. Really looking forward to seeing how the project grows!!

A rambling rose said...

thank you all for your comments, the Fluxus movement certainly inspires me too and of course Yoko was part of that in the 60's - hard to believe she is 75 now! The Blizzard book I have now found instructions thank you India. I love pockets, boxes, suitcases and secrets and usually end up incorporating somewhere in my work. I also like to recycle especially now when we've been told here in the Uk that the paper is piling up in aircraft hangers and the bottom has fallen out of the market due to the recession etc...... I really try to keep my rubbish to a minimum and if I can create an artwork with it so much the better! I just want to add how much I enjoy reading your comments and following your blogs - it feels very expansive - thank you!

Seth said...

This project is fascinating and your book is looking so very unique and interesting.

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

Thanks for your visit, love your blog
Found the directions for the collaboration a bit daunting but love Sam's work (she is lovely by the way )
Felt nostalgic for another life knowing you are from Leeds.
Spent a lot of time in Yorkshire travelling with D'Oyly Carte and having a home away from home in Manchester.

eb said...

I have a collection of security envies - and use them from time to time - I did a series of walking Buddhas a while back using them as a base - love what you are doing here - your links - your very kind comments and also love pockets, secrets and this amazing book you have going here...

all round deLIGHT!

xox - eb.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

The possibilities, window envelopes, instructions, collaberations and In-structure'...I will keep returning to see how it all evolves!

notmassproduced said...

oh i love this way of recycling envelopes and ur idea of putting something secret in each one .... looking forward to seeing more

Jo Horswill said...

When an envelope with a window arrives...I do get a feeling of intrigue and concern...just depends on who it's from...the amount of window letters my bank sends, is a disgraceful waste of paper! Wonderful to see you put these envelopes to good use! You are even changing the way I percieved them now :)
I have included you in a "tag" thingy...no obligations though! Jo