I explained pages 1-4 already, and some of page 5.Â The narrative for page 6 is all about transformation: after sneaking past the stop sign and going down the artistic path, the figure finds itself magically transformed into a real person (a flamenco dancer, no less), dancing down the red carpet.Â (I know it looks maroon in the photo, but it’s actually a rich, dark red velvet.)Â The triangles at bottom left are cut from a few scraps of my woven shibori samples.
A subtle point is that the geometric shapes forming the background on page 6 are the same shapes that have been used to build all the previous figures.Â But the geometry is now in the background rather than the person.Â Maybe no one will notice it, but I think it’s a nice touch.Â Also, there is handwoven fabric on every page except the first one.Â 🙂
What’s left to do now is the covers, which will be more hand-dyed handwoven-circle fabric, with the tangram figure (and maybe the flamenco dancer) stenciled on top, adding some decorative ribbon to the reverse side of the book, and the pop-up.Â I’ve got 2.5 days left, and no commitments for those days, so I think I’ll have plenty of time to do a bang-up job on both pop-up and covers.
This has been a really fun project, and I’ll be sorry when it’s over!