Week 8 Print / Album ordering 19.03.20
This evening I have finalised my plans for how to deliver my final WIP. ordered all my prints for my album from Molly and Tom online. I am hoping that they are going to be here in time for creating the album, and handing in. I have paid for expedited delivery so fingers crossed !
I decided after looking at the exercise book idea, and looking at what print companies were still open (its not many because of the pandemic!) to create a book, but not in the normal way. The image you see below is of a small hardback Macmillian collectors library edition of William Blake’s songs of innocence and experience. This image shows the dust jacket, underneath these books are a beautiful simple blue fabric, blind embossed with a beautiful floral pattern, and the pages have gold foiled page edges .
I am going to insert my images in this by gluing some of the pages together to create bases for my images, and then gluing my WIP images into the book. The reason I am using Blake’s book specifically as there is one poem in this book, that I have written about here https://www.bambino-art.co.uk/week-3-contextual-research-poetry-12-02-20/ in my CRJ earlier in the module, called the school boy, and it will be a perfect edition to my WIP. The poem is a commentary on the confines of the education system, and how children could also learn through the freedom afforded by nature.
I will have to check with regarding copyright issues to do with this, but I am assuming because it is only for me, and not for sale it is fine, but I will ask Sarah at the webinar tomorrow.
I chose this book as I have the Edgar Allan poe version, the books are beautifully well made, and traditional, they make me think of the type of book that would of been in a library for when the vast majority of families had tutors and their children were home educated. It reminds me of classical education, and invokes feelings of literature and art and music being the foundations of a Childs eduction, which goes fundamentally hand in hand with our own home education philosophies. The book is small, which is another factor. At the face to face crits it was commented that the images being small really worked as A , they felt more personal, and B, they seemed like teaching aids, so I decided I wanted to keep in line with this, and keep the images small. The book also reminds me of a small bible, the kind all children would have got many years ago. In ‘routledge’s history of children in the western world’ that I have been reading it discusses how all schooling is in fact a continuum of when the church played a more pivotal role in all our lives, model day schooling was an evolution of church and community, and the headmaster was indeed a continuation of the clergy, of god, a man to teach children right from wrong and instruct them into adulthood, so there is indeed another connection here as well . Going back to it’s small size, I also like how it seems like the size is perfect for a child. To keep in their pocket, or by their bed for bedtime reading, the content of the book, is also extremly well suited to my research project.
These are the prints I have ordered from Molly and Tom, they are printed on a textured fine art paper with torn edges, keeping the natural, handmade look, that I would like to retain for the imagery, and that speaks specifically again about the philosophical beliefs we hold surrounding education & parenting, it being natural, and in harmony with nature. You will notice a lot of the furnishings in the backgrounds of the images, in our home, are natural stone and wood, in keeping with this theme as well.
I have decided to also create a ‘tracing paper’ envelope in the back of the album as well (for the traces….. see what I did there? ), to hold the prints that I wanted to contain in my work in progress but that didn’t make the final edit. This album, will ultimately only end up being for my family, so I am happy to include these, I am anticipating that this will in some way become a chapter in the main book that I produce in the FMP , but just being the pages, not being the William Blake book.
Graham, Rebecca. 2020. Week 3. Contextual research Poetry 12.02.20WILLIAM BLAKE, THE SCHOOL BOY, SONGS OF EXPERIENCE. https://www.bambino-art.co.uk/week-3-contextual-research-poetry-12-02-20/ (Accessed 19.03.20)
Molly and tom.Hand Deckled Rough Texture Prints 310gsm Available at https://www.mollyandtom.co.uk/collections/products/products/natural-white-matte-prints-210gsm-1 (Accessed 19.03.20)
Routledge history of the western world.
Waterstones. wiliam blake songs of innocence and experience, waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/book/songs-of-innocence-and-of-experience/william-blake/william-blake/9781529025859 (Accessed 19.03.20)
Fig 1, wiliam blake songs of innocence and experience, waterstones https://www.waterstones.com/book/songs-of-innocence-and-of-experience/william-blake/william-blake/9781529025859 (Accessed 19.03.20)
Fig 2, Blake, William. 2019. Songs of innocence and experience. London, Pan Macmillian
Fig 3, Blake, William. 2019. Songs of innocence and experience. London, Pan Macmillian
Fig 4, Molly and tom. Hand Deckled Rough Texture Prints 310gsm Available at ttps://www.mollyandtom.co.uk/collections/products/products/natural-white-matte-prints-210gsm-1 (Accessed 19.03.20)