08 February 2016
Daily Measures I
In January I began a small daily practice: "Daily Measures." The roots of the idea came from my "Story Strips/Lines," which you may remember encountering here once in a while. For this new practice, I am choosing a "line" of paper (1x10cm) that reflects some part of the day...a moment, an event, a theme, an emotion, the weather, a project I'm working on——it can be anything, really. Most of the strips have been found in the basket of paper trimmings that I've been using for paper-weaving, many of which are left over from past projects; others are taken from test prints, or packaging I love/save.
The lines of paper are each woven into an accordion book that I have prepared at the beginning of the month. These accordions are made of lovely Fabriano Artistico, a paper with a hint of warmth, a touch of texture & deckles along the edges. I create slits through which I weave the strips; as the pages fill up, the lines create visual text blocks. The images shown here are for January, which is titled "Possibility." I began the month with mainly white strips, which symbolized the fresh start to the year...the blank page, a blank canvas, new lists.
Ultimately, nine centimeters of each line remain visible, and the "tails" can be seen from behind. At some point I might affix them with a stitch or adhesive. And I may also bind the accordions——to each other, as well linking the pages within each one, so that the effect is more like a traditional binding. The main reason I chose the accordion structure is so that I could conceal the woven ends of the strips, but I'm not sure that I want such an unwieldy accordion at the end of the year...
There are also slits for a "footer" at the bottom of each page. For January's I typed the small Roman numeral "i" but I'm hoping to come up with an alternative (one benefit to their not being permanently fixed yet); it's too much like page numbering, which of course would actually be consecutive numbers. I may also end up indenting/shortening the lines I use for Mondays, to distinguish the weeks from one another——creating paragraphs of sorts. In any case, I'm enjoying the process of experimenting; for a handful of days I have typed words on to the strips, and a couple of times I have tried layering multiple strips. Who know where I will end up by the end of the year!
So, February's accordion is starting to fill up nicely now...I will take a few photos to post here once the month has ended. (How is it possible that 2016 is already moving along so quickly?) Happy new moon + Year of the Monkey to all of you!
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oh my goodness lisa - this I love love love! It is such personal way of keeping track of the days, and nice way to reflect on a point in the day or remind yourself of something. You must get great memories when you look at and touch these pieces - just fabulous!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your enthusiasm, Fiona! I am enjoying recording a piece of each day like this, and it's interesting to consider all of the things/thoughts, etc. that happen in a single day...Delete
Another enthusiastic comment...love how this is evolving! I'm interested in your everyday, monthly and year long beautiful recording!ReplyDelete
Happy New Year to you...from lifelong Monkey, Mary Ann
Thank you for stopping by for a look, Mary Ann...and for your generous comment! I do think it will be exciting to look back on the year and see this visual recording of a twelve-month period. It's always rewarding to watch something like this as it "grows"...Delete
So this is a special year for you then - may it be an especially fun/Monkey-ish year!