Flying Bookfish by Catherine

I was lucky to attend Emily Tinkler‘s free Altered Books workshop at S. Walter Stewart Library a couple of weeks ago. More than a dozen participants eagerly listened to Emily describe how to fold, cut, and poke pages with an awl to turn an old book with a sewn binding into a work of art.

Flying Bookfish by Catherine Raine, 2012

My husband had given me an out-of-date computer book for my project, and I soon went to work folding the pages to create an accordion shape. I was inspired by the examples that Emily had brought to show us, especially one with wire and ribbon rioting through the pages of a former book.

Flying Bookfish by Catherine Raine, 2012

I took my unfinished piece home, where it sat on a table mutely calling out for something to spring from the folds of paper. Meanwhile, I continued sewing clumps of paper together with saffron and fern green thread.

Flying Bookfish by Catherine Raine, 2012

A trip to the sticker aisle in an art store supplied me with the missing element. Fish! When I saw the fish collection, they just seemed to want to be flying out of a book.

Flying Bookfish by Catherine Raine, 2012
Flying Bookfish by Catherine Raine, 2012
Flying Bookfish by Catherine Raine, 2012

Back home with my stickers, I experimented with enlarged color copies of them, and Stewart kindly offered to print out mirror images on photograph paper to resolve the issue of looking at the back side of the piece and not seeing fish.

Flying Bookfish by Catherine Raine, 2012

With my fish assembled, it was just a matter of cutting and arranging twelve skewers and affixing the energetic yet dignified creatures to them. As a final touch, I tied short lengths of the saffron and green thread around each skewer. I also added stickers to the decorated inside covers of the book. And that’s the story of Flying Bookfish!

Flying Bookfish by Catherine Raine, 2012

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