I’ve continued turning some of my old prints into booklets and sending them out as mail art. The one I’ll show you today I’ll be keeping for a while. It’s a happy accident that I want to use for reference for other booklets. I say accident because I didn’t plan ahead for the possibilities that arise from a square booklet, which this is.
As in origami, which I’ve enjoyed puttering around with over the years, the square can be folded into many shapes, some of which can pull out and collapse into others. This booklet does just that and ended up surprising me. The first pages unfold into squares and back into triangles allowing different parts of the print to be seen next to one another. I’ve always loved puzzles and this booklet has the feel of one. I’ll let you know when I develop others.
The print this booklet is made from is part of a linocut I made in 1973. I carved it without a previous plan, for the enjoyment of using my intuition. I called it First Variation on Several Forms and later made a woodcut using the same forms and having a very different feel.