Introducing…Book Arts Improv!
In thinking about the coming year, I was reminded of how January can really be a drag – it’s after the holidays, people hibernate, and there’s generally not a lot going on.
I have a tendency to slip into a post-holiday coma and this really interferes with my motivation to get into the studio. I need something to get me excited.
When I was in college, one of my favorite things to do was to attend late-night improvisational comedy shows given by Without a Net. They had a repertoire of sketches where they took suggestions from the audience to drive the content.
Thus, the Book Arts Improv (a.k.a. I Like to Amuse Myself) was born.
Starting next week, I will enter into a four-week stretch of improvisational bookmaking. Depending on the content and complexity of the book, an edition of three or more will be created each week.
Here’s how it will work:
- Sunday: I’ll post a call for specific suggestions that will be incorporated into a handmade book.
- Tuesday: One entry will be selected at random. Not only will that person’s suggestions be used, but the winner will also receive a copy of the book.
- Wednesday: Worktable Wednesday will be used to show the progress of the book.
- Saturday: The book will be unveiled.
In addition to there being a winner each week, there will also be a winner at the end of the Book Arts Improv event. Everyone who has posted suggestions for each week will be entered into a drawing (one entry per person, per week). If you have participated in the Improv for more than one week, each week’s post will count as one entry. The winner of the final drawing will win a copy of each of the four books created.
Have a great New Year’s and I’ll see you at the Improv!
The completed books: