My initial inspiration for this assignment came from a
quotation by a
Jewish prisoner (anonymous) during the Holocaust. "I
believe in the Sun, even when it is not shining. I
believe in Love, even when I cannot feel it. I believe
in God, even when He is silent."
phrases seemed to lend themselves perfectly to
alternating between one page of "light", followed by one
page of "dark". I used vellum with gilding on each page
of "light" alternating with eco-dyed paper for each page
Eco-dyed paper is created
by placing plant materials onto paper, bundling them
over rods and immersing the bundles into hot water.
The string used to secure the bundle onto the rod,
created horizontal lines that seem to resemble barbed
wire. In order to enhance the feeling of barbed wire, I
drew barbed wire with black ink at the bottom of each
"dark" page. I also shaded the Gothic letters, as well
as the barbed wire, with graphite pencil.
Creating the book itself presented a challenge, since I
had never actually made a book before. Enter DIY
instruction of Bookbinding 101 on You Tube. After
re-charging my iPhone's battery, I was able to complete
my project. I used black paper on both the front and
back cover to convey a somber feeling. And, I used
twisted black twine to complete this small book - again
to resemble barbed wire.