With the agreement of the participants, we thought it would be a good idea to share the Light swap books with a wider audience. There will be posts over the next few weeks until all the books have been shown. Pictures of each book are accompanied by a short description by the artist.
I decided to represent the theme of LIGHT in a number of ways.
Firstly, Light as in ‘ light-weight ‘, the book having been made of 90 lb. white cover paper divided into12 fold-out panels.
The word Light is highlighted throughout these panels in my own style of the Winchester Versal letterforms. The downward strokes are made with two different pen nib sizes to accent this word and also keep it light in appearance. The open spaces in between the strokes are painted with yellow watercolours. Other words are written in black in a freestyle Roman letterform.
Light is also expressed in different verses with the word Light again highlighted in yellow.
The variation in Light from sunrise to sunset is represented by water-coloured discs.
The book is somewhat interactive in that one must open and close the panels properly in order to read the verses on the panels correctly.
A Light Read
I work in the Acquisitions Department at the University of Regina Library. Everyday on the way to my cubicle I’d pass a trolley of weeded books. A number of them were destined for recycling so I thought of another way to recycle 18 of them. Using an X-Acto knife, I sculpted each one into a light bulb shape. A light bulb image with a spine label was made in Photoshop, printed, and adhered to the front & back covers.
Winter Candles is a small book with extras. The text tells a short story about my maternal grandmother, my father, and candles on Christmas Eve. There are also instructions for using the bits and pieces that come with the book. An envelope inside the back cover contains the parts for a paper candle holder and a balloon for making an ice luminary. The book comes tied to a pyramid box containing an LED candle. The papers used for the book are Tanabata white and double-sided Tanabata black, both of which contain glitter to evoke the twinkling light of candles on a winter night.
If you have a question about any of these books, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your question will be forwarded to the appropriate artist.