A real snake skin and a dried moth are affixed to the front cover. A crumbling castle wall on the first page illustrates the process of decay.
|A crumbling castle wall and a collagraph print|
|Snake skin and moth cadaver|
I sewed the textblock on a sewing frame using three split leather strips for attachment to the cover boards. The leather strips can be seen here. The pages are blank... to fill with ideas and imagery about transformation.
|The textblock on the sewing frame|
Slits were cut into the bookboard covers and the leather strips were threaded through the slits then glued in place before covering.
|Strips being threaded into the front cover|
As the ancient Chinese philosophers knew, the one thing that is constant is change.
|Men transform to dragons on Tomb Sweeping Day in Taiwan|