Saturday, September 12, 2009

Matchbox Book: The Cabinet of Curiosities

I've been working on Matchbox Books, books with matchbox drawers inside. Here's the one I've been playing with this past week, using a Portland map that had seen better days. (When it rips while I'm trying to use it, it becomes collage fodder!)


The inside cover in process . . .



And the drawers in process.



Here's the outside of the finished product . . . I love how the
drawers really make it feel like a little Cabinet of Curiosities.



And here's the view of the completed interior.



Here's the first one I ever made - my test run of the idea.




And here's one a student, Robyn, started during Artmaking as Playful Prayer
last year, and finished up at home! I love seeing how
the ideas get translated by other people . . .
and check out that closure!



If you're feeling tempted, there's still time to sign up for the class this week, Matchbox Book at DIY Lounge here in Portland on Wednesday, September 16th. I'd love to see what you'd do with this idea!

10 comments:

Amy Stoner said...

very very cool! Dig them! :)

gl. said...

merrrow! i love that sample. *swoon*

kendra said...

whoa. so so cool!

Tracy Suzanne said...

I really like the matchbox book. It's teh first I've seen and really neat.
Tracy

Michael5000 said...

Yay and wow! As a collector of old maps of Portland, I can state with authority that that particular map has not seen better days. Every old map should be so lucky.

Erin Bassett said...

SO COOL! I'm inspired...gotta make me one. :D

Dayna Collins said...

OOOOOooooolala. Very lovely, indeed.

Greg said...

It is a piece of crap. What good is it. What can it do for me.....besides collect dust. A BIG waste of time.

Bridget B. said...

The passion and the purpose is in the process, Greg. Once it's finished, who knows, it may get cut up and incorporated into another piece! Or, it may inspire some people to turn off their TVs and grab some stuff that's lying around gathering dust (most of this project is made with recycled materials) and make something new with it . . .

Bridget B. said...

If I limited myself to only making perfect and useful things, I would never make anything at all.

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