The text for the book is a quote which Reggie gave to
the class from “Anam Cara” by John O’Donahue: “The human
heart is a theater of longing.” The text refers to the
urgency of this longing.
I decided to use sharp
angled lines on the cover and most of the pages. When
closed, the book reveals part of a photo of a rocky
shoreline with deep crevasses. The photo seemed to
express the angst of the quote and also set the limited
palette for the book, mostly black, white and grey.
I also liked the calligraphic appearance of the shadows
and texture of the stones in the photo.
In the later pages, the shapes are less harsh, more
curvilinear and the transparencies, which were made from
Reggie’s stained glass images, lend a somewhat dreamlike
sense to the book. I made limited use of colored and
textured paper to give some relief to the harsh palette.
The overlapping shapes of the pages were meant to
conceal and reveal the text which is repeated as the
pages are turned.