Next I had to think about the cover and how I would put everything together. I looked back on some of the sheets with instructions we were given, and particularly liked the cover which tied everything together with string.
For this I chose some fairly thick, sturdy paper, and a button, sewing it on and finishing it all of with string.
Back home, after the screen-printing session, I looked back at my prints and I decided that I wanted to see what it would look like if the holes in the letters had been interpreted as well. So I took the letters that I had cut out, and used them as templates to cut holes in the prints. I did two versions of this; one had the hole fully cut out and the other took into consideration if there was a letter that overlapped.
Our of both of them I prefer the one on the left, where the cut-out holes did not overlap, because it gives the piece dimension and doesn’t make it feel as “flat”. It brings out one set of letters, giving it a foreground and a background.
We were asked to create a design for screen-printing; something that involved two colours and that we could cut out fairly easily.
This is what I came with:
It wasn’t until I started cutting that I realised I completely forgot about the holes in the letters, however after asking Sara for her opinion, she said that it’d still look quite nice with the holes filled.
I had cut two pieces, one for one colour and another for the other. The two colours I chose were an off-white/yellow colour and red. I saw these colours come up quite a lot in the movement, which is why I chose them. I think the off-white/yellow colour relates to newspapers too, something which was used in quite a few of the Dadaists collages and photomontages. I did about three prints, before the paper started ripping and getting too damp from the paint.
After the letterpress session I wanted to try some more experiments, so I made my own letters out of cardboard. At first I didn’t really like the outcomes, since it seemed quite messy, but then after doing some more, I felt like it quite fit in with the movement. It didn’t seem too proper and neat, but rather it rejected the logic, reason and aestheticism of many artworks.
For this workshop we were asked to explore further into our chosen movement. Looking at books and doing more research we chose grids and layouts from the movement to study.
For Dada I feel as if there isn’t a basic grid or layout that the movement follows, or one that is obvious to that movement. I decided to choose a few images, lay tracing paper on top and do different types of tracing techniques on them.
After the book was complete and bound together, I planned out what I needed to fill on each page. I separated each section, but the paper inside is all rather random, which I liked. However you can tell where each signature starts and ends, because I specifically used special paper from GF Smith for these parts.
Taking from one of the workshops on paper-binding, I also put pockets, because I wanted it to be interactive. In the pockets I filled it with little bits and bobs. There were different sized papers, flaps and envelopes too, which made the book really unique and fun.
During a few CIP lessons we were taught about different paper folds and book binding techniques, so I decided to have a go at a few of my favourites. I followed a few of the examples in class and the provided online tutorials, such as Sea Lemon and someone else I found online that I really liked (Johanna Clough).
I’ve never tried book binding before, so it was a bit difficult, but I liked my end result. I used many different types of paper, a few scraps I had from different events and also free samples from GF Smith. I made five signatures, and filled the main GF Smith paper’s with smaller, different types of paper.
In a few CIP lessons, we have been trying out ideas for book covers. These have been quite experimental, as they’re not techniques I’d usually use. The workshops involved a lot of testing and exploration, taking you from one step to another, until you came to a completely different outcome.
We were then given book cover templates and had to rearrange our work. We were given a few so we could experiment and play around with ideas.
I did shapes which I thought worked well with the strokes and colours that I used. We also had to use words that we thought related to us, so I cut out the word “organised” but placed it rather messily, because a lot of people describe me and my work as an organised mess.
We were given a tutorial on basic bookbindings and were asked to experiment through a few of them.
The sheets we were given had quite a variety of suggestions, from ways to bind your book, to fun variations you could use inside it. This was quite a relaxed tutorial and it gave me a few ideas for my book.
I took photos of the plants, each time adding more petals or leaves that had come off the plant. This took many shots, a lot of time and careful precision.
After many photos of each series, I put everything together. I think the photos and sounds worked quite well, and gave the beautifully eerie effect that I was going for, whilst still displaying critical thoughts towards Ja Soon Kim.