Light fantastick is one of the largest works I’ve made in my Elephant books series. It’s still made from a single sheet of handmade paper, but this time the sheet is a double elephant, 1metre x 70cm. The sheet of paper is folded first, then painted, then lettered, and when dry, torn and folded into the book’s pages – at this point the covers are lettered, and the slipcase made. Before tearing, the sheet looked like this:
– and you can see the lines of the folds that define each page. It’s important to me that the design should work as a coherent whole before the sheet is torn in a spiral to make the sequence of pages; this spiral movement is related to the inner spiral set up in the clay when throwing pots – a movement towards and away from the core. I’ll show you the book page by page now; this double elephant sheet makes 12 pages instead of the usual 6.
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