Sunday, May 18, 2008

Chase Several Hares and You Won't Catch One

Darren Ohl is moving to Eugene, Oregon. I am going to miss him. I hope he keeps being really funny, and a little bit twisted, and somewhat sentimental in a really even, and natural way. I hope he documents some of it in the book I made for him. To Eugene:
This is an old book I found in a vintage store in Orlando called DejaVu.It's a coptic bound book, bound inside out from the cover. The spine is cut as a buttonhole stitch, acting as a window, to a very limited amount of the book's secrets.
There's a ribbon to seal it closed, hopefully just masculine enough. The top of the saddle has leather above it, hopefully just western enough. I hope the composition is balanced. I hope the concept doesn't get stuck in the execution. I hope the execution doesn't end everything in a bloody mess, with too many onlookers. It wouldn't make sense. Not in this day and age.


Kyle said...

You inspire me to work more. You inspire me not to get lost or forget. You make me wince but in the most important, self-inflicting way. I don't care if you want to or not. What matters is that it is really important to me. Thank you always.


sandra said...

About coptic bound books and their glimpse of the structure: a perfect metaphor for how anything is made. How much is concealed. In this way, like body, and the skin that covers it. Revelatory. Enigmatic. Even in the envisioning, there's a sense of
prospect ... an accident on which you can capitalize. I love your website,
the ardent heart that created it.


Darren said...

I'm Darren. I saw this of all things in a search engine protocol test. Thank you for this book Chelsea. I have used it. It was a great present.

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Darren! What a coincidence. I hope you're well, in Oregon.

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and you're welcome! I am so glad it's been of use.