I considered a few other options, but ended up with my best beloved after all...Orange. I decided to create the entire book as a big hexagon, which meant custom cutting some art boards to the right shape for the covers. The whole thing is about 14" wide and 15-16" high. I couldn't resist doing a little more micro-(not nano-)hexie piecing for the spiral on the front cover...but these are about twice the size of the river hexies so it felt like it went very fast. The tiny gold beads at the hex intersections gave just the right amount of glitz, and the bee just looked at home there in the middle of the honeycomb spiral. Plus, bees do something called a waggle dance when they get back to their hives, and that seemed like yet another layer of meaning for this project that I have entitled "Dance the Orange" after one of Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus.
|Front cover of my "Dance the Orange" journal.|
|Inside front cover, with complete text (different translation than the link above) of the "Dance the Orange" passage from Rilke's Sonnets to Orpheus.|
|Alicante, by Jacques Prevert|
I sewed a tiny booklet and stitched it into the inside back cover for signatures and comments. (I can't wait to read this at the end of the project!)
|Inside back cover|
|Inside back cover, booklet opened.|
Again, the boy let me use his typewriter to add the typed text (on orange typewriter fabric! how delightfully meta!):
|Inside back cover (close-up)|
In the meantime, I currently have Polly's purple journal to work on...the first of many challenges over the next year or two!