Friday, May 22, 2009

This is a book, but maybe not a codex


The first class I started here at PBI was titled "This is a book (but maybe not a Codex)" and the instructor was Bill Drendle. The objective of the class was to use book forms and content differently than might be expected, disregarding restrictions of a traditional codex.

He presented us with found books and comic books, stamps, found papers and objects of all kinds in an attempt to inspire us. We made rebus books using pictures and text, as well as books containing lists and found dialog. In the end, I made five "books".

This concertina structure was made to accommodate a list, and I had decided to go with a list of alternative subcultures so the materials and imagery were thus influenced.


Another very simple structure he showed us, is this round book made with circles. In my example here, all the circles bear the same image and it sits on a base so you can spin it.

10 comments:

mistyg said...

How exciting! PBI looks like so much fun. I'd love to attend in the next couple of years.

Pegg said...

Rhonda, I am sure you are having fun as well as learning a lot. It sounds fascinating! Someday I will try to make a book!
I can't wait to see what you bring back to your work!

Billie said...

Hi Rhoda

Great books, looks like a very interesting place this PBI.

Have fun

Billie :)

Velma said...

lucky you to be at PBI and working with Bill! keep us simple mortals in mind as you send out your cyber reports! (Oh, and thanks for them, too.)

Carol said...

How wonderful to be working with Bill. Your books are fascinating, I look forward to seeing more as the days go by.

Rhonda said...

thanks mistyg, Pegg, Billie, Velma and Carol! I'll have another update ready soon :)

acornmoon said...

I like your globe book, it would be nice to do a miniature one for the Christmas tree!

Deborah@ The Painted Nest said...

Rhonda!!!!Girl~ YOU'RE THE BOMB!!!!I have always been intrested in book making and came across your blog and guess what~~~you show just how to do it!!!And your work is BEAUTIFUL~!!!!I can tell you LOVE what you do!!!I'm glad I found you.I'm heading over to your etsy shoppe to see what I can see!!! This has been a treat!!!!Thanks! Blessings, Deborah

Rhonda said...

thanks acornmom, you're right, it could easily be used for an ornament

deborah, thanks so much for your enthusiastic words! welcome to my blog :D

Cari said...

How is this circle book bound? It looks like a metal bar or something, but could it be bound traditionally?
Thanks for the the great reviews and info about your classes at PIB.
Cari