The compartments and their tell-tale findings...
I've picked up where Alicia left off. Hester, our main character, has shut herself away in her house after murdering her husband (this part of the story is Alicia's invention and is told so well by Alicia using various invented documents in her book - you'll see these in due time as you each get a turn at the book). Thus, Hester's house, like her mind, has become something of a museum and a prison...there are things in it she'd rather forget but can't. However, although Hester has become a recluse, this does not prevent her from taking many a secret lover! So, although a part of Hester's life is lost forever (Paradise Lost) she has gained a new one - albeit tainted with grief and guilt but also coloured with secrets and passions.
Now a bit about what I've been up to. Well, as you can see in the picture immediately above, I have made good use of an old Cigar box that I purloined from the Sanson market for only two bucks (!) this weekend. Perfect! It fits the format and size of Alicia's book perfectly. I love the fact that it's Jamaican and that one of my favourite stories in the whole wide world is Jean Rhy's Wide Sargasso Sea. Hester reminds me of the mad woman in the attic (Rhys' story is a spin on Jane Eyre - from the point of view of the first wife). In Jane Eyre, the mad woman in the attic tries to burn down the house. In Alicia's story, Hester uses fire as a means of dispatch. Of course, I'll say no more here, lest I give the whole story away!
The front of my page looks like this - I've used crackle paint (Ranger's Black Soot - thanks Alicia for sending me a bottle!) and a range of metallic paints. Heavy duty watercolour paper was used to get a really awesome thick texture that I then took to with my red colouring pencil. The result is pretty specky if I say so myself. A secret hides under the door and the black void of the front cover will contain an illustration.
The book opens from right to left to reveal a hidden compartment. The lid of my cigar box (the right flap) still needs work and I plan on putting a vignette on it. To the left is the lid of the compartment. Let's open it up, shall we...
Crap photo this one, but it gives you an idea. Little compartments will be carved out of the book I have placed in the compartment. The book, as mentioned earlier, is Paradise Lost, though I'm still deciding about that. I may yet just make a series of frames for the compartments. Anyone got any tips on how to carve nice little boxes out of the book?
I'm really proud of this paper lining the box! I hand dyed it myself and I love the way it has come out all marbled like that. This is the secret compartment area. Like I said, I'm still undecided about how I'm going to frame the forgotten artifacts I have. Nor have I gotten any closer to a solution as to how I'm going to allow book binding to happen, since the box opens right to left instead of left to right. Give me time, I might do the whole book within a drawer thing yet. Lisa S - that video you sent us needs to be up here. I love the whole idea of a book within a drawer within a box thing!
Alicia's book arrives! I open the box to find...
Now, just a quick little post about the receipt of Alicia's book in the post. Here are the photos I took. Hopefully I haven't conveyed some of the trembling excitement I experienced when opening the box. If the shots are fuzzy or shaky looking, at least you know why! Lol!
I feel like Howard Carter as he opens Tutankhamun's Tomb!
What is this???
A book is revealed!
Is there a story contained within?
Ooooh, a couple of diary entries and an obituary. Hmmm....
More exciting reading...
The blank contents of my part of this wonderous book. (Go to first picture of this posting to see what I've done so far...)