All this for a cup of tea?
Been trying even harder than usual to do everything in the right order. (You know, as your supposed to.) Lots of steady breathing and walking away, giving things time to dry. (Meanwhile, weeks later …?)
Most of it, as you can see, is straightforward, faffing with a slosh of glue, a touch of paint and the shadow of an idea. Enough said.
Here is an up-date of some of the odder bits of construction – those I’ll own up to – as well as some of the problems I caused myself in the making. (Ah, ‘twas ever thus.)
Odds of detail
(do have a click on the first image to get the full story line)
The big problem of transforming concept into tangible item is made more ‘picky-picky’ as this one has so many elements. It’s become a project of lists. And trying to remember where I’ve put the lists. The bits and bobs are more disparate than a room in a house, unrelated but, hopefully coming together more or less amicably. Lots of over egging the (fantasy) pudding‘.
The print is made up from info on Babbage’s Difference Engine and diagrams along with the odd Victorian and Edwardian image. As they are mostly overlaid or all scrunched up it’s hard to tell.
Apologies if half the photos look as though they’ve been shot at dead of night – they probably have, can’t remember. But the lighting in the room I’ve been using is subtle rather than useful so augmented with LED lamp – lots of blue light. Although the ‘book’ is portable it’s usually still drying and unstable at photo time, hence all a bit ghostly/ghoulish/bluish and murky – big sorry – though the odd nice shadow?
Armature for hands and feet: there are lots of pages on this – a matter of making your choice. I’d run out of florists’ wire and wanted bulky hands for the clock and use coated garden wire. Not subtle but strong.
Oversewing in book binding (I think that’s the book binding style I’m trying to represent)