Saturday, April 7, 2012

Week 14: The Book of Closures

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” 
Revelation 22:13 

  “Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.” - Joseph Joubert 

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting." Henry David Thoreau

  The book for Week 14 is The Book of Closures. It's really not that deep... just a book of closure samples for the last class of a bookarts class I'm teaching titled Covers and Closures. So this is it.. reminds me of some Big City apartment door... half a dozen locks stacked one above the other... 

   So, what's on the menu? There are two ribbons tied; a button and ribbon or a button and elastic cord; two beads on a string through a loop; a fore-edge flap with a rivet and ribbon; a wooden pin (the end of a chopstick) on a ribbon through a book cloth loop; two buttons and a ribbon; a leather thong with a loop; and a magnet and metal plate. Sure, there are more choices besides these eight for closures, but I ran out of board... How would you create your closure?
   Open the plain board covers and you see a paste painted Tyvek hinge and the remnants of the closures, especially the magnet and metal piece which are inset and glued at the bottom of the board. There goes that "snap" again!
   One last closure completes the set, and that's a paper wrapper with a fore-edge flap with a window, a loop, and a wooden pin (also known as a cocktail skewer). So, if the closure needs to match the content, I imagine a book with this closure might have a lot of pictures of mellon balls...
   Enjoy all of your endings as much as your beginnings.. which are really all the same thing, right?

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