“The Sun is Shining, but I Don’t Trust It” by Kate Horvat particularly stood out to me because of its vibrance. Its red and blue colors are very eye catching and the long rectangular shape is very out of the norm when compared with common publishings.
Silkscreen printing method involves putting ink across a printing frame that is placed on top of the paper. It then is used to push the ink onto the paper under it. The same frame can be used until it is broken. This allows the pages to have its vibrance. This frame uses a very specific font all throughout the book, Henderson Slab. Its wide and boxy shapes take up a lot of space in the pages because of the large amount of spacing there is between the letters. The font is really significant to the book because of how it highlights the significance of the writing. The coloring of the pages is also significant. The pages are all mostly bright red and blue. Even the images and background words of the pages are red or blue and have the written text on top with the opposite color. Most pages are different news articles with their respective text with the color over it.
My favorite part of the book is the binding. Screw post binding is used by making holes into the pages large enough for the size screw that is going to be used. Then the author must create two pages, usually hardcover, and fold page bindings on the corners where the screws will go. It is similar to a portfolio structure yet it does not have a spine since the screws are what holds in the hardcover that goes around it. Since it is an open structure book, meaning the pages aren’t sewn or glued together. They are all individual pages with a joint in the middle, also known as a codex structure book. I very much like how differently structured the book is and how attractive it can be to any audience.
Ever since I was little I have been an incredibly visual person. To be able to understand a topic I always prefer the availability of learning it in person through the use of visual aid. I noticed how big of an impact that took in my learning when I was in elementary school learning new vocabulary words. If the teacher wrote the words on the board, it would become significantly easier for me to learn. Quizzes in which teachers would read the question aloud instead of writing it down also created a lot of confusion for me. I would not be able to understand the question most of the time unless it was written down or I wrote it down on my sheets of paper. This is why I use color when learning and studying. The use of color facilitates the learning process for me. Because of this, I created a color order for me to always use and organize myself. The order is Blue, Green, Purple, Yellow, Pink, Orange, Red, Brown, and Black. I do not have any reasoning for in which I organized them this way but I have always used this specific order for at least ten years. I use it from common things such as organizing my clothes to more complicated topics like studying for class. While other people use the more common color order of the rainbow, I found that my color order was personalized to myself and what I liked. I thought the Accordion Book to be an ideal way to showcase something so important and useful to me for so many years. I also have worked as a photographer since my junior year of high school and have continued to my job throughout my entire time at Saint Vincent College. I thought it an ideal contrast for me to use images on one size of the Accordion Book to present the depth of each color while using the other size to have more external texture. Seeing that I have treated the Accordion Book as a sculpture instead of a textual narrative, I wanted there to still be filled with context, which is why I tried to use mundane objects as the external aid.
As we discussed in class what the accordion book is and how incredibly fast I knew what I wanted to do. It was very surprising to me seeing that I am such an indecisive person yet, I was just amazed at the creativity in a book. I have always been attracted to the arts and languages. Sadly, the carrier path that I have chosen for myself is surrounded by the sciences. I knew I wanted to study the sciences at a very early age, driving all my focus towards STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) courses, camps, readings, and experiences. Because of this, I always felt restricted creatively. I even yearned to attend art classes, such as my younger sister did, just to have an artistic medium to physically create art. I always wished to expand my view of the visual and literary arts and that is exactly what the Accordion Book made me feel. As Professor Wells explained to us the process of creating the book, it was as if someone had opened a door to my mind into a world of creativity. I instinctively started to think of all the versions an Accordion Book could become because I had the freedom and creativity to make it so. In class, I was able to quickly sketch and measure the idea I had. I am very much looking forward to future projects where I can further expand my mind.
When starting with the sewing portion of the book, I was very confused by the construction of the wax string on the needle. I have sewn clothes before and although I have not done so in a long time, the comparison of the two needles hindered my ability to understand how to start. It took me a few tries and Maddie’s assistance to finally understand how to wrap the sides of the book without having any of the thread overlap with each other. Instead of helping me, my past experiences made it harder for me to understand how to sew the book. Once I understood how to sew, I started to reflect on the physical qualities of the string itself. String made of cloth is typically thinner and softer than the sting we used in class. The one I used for the book was significant thicker and defined, so much so that within the string it could be identified smaller and thinner strings composing the one final string. What held these small strings together was the braid they were entwined into and the wax exterior. The wax exterior is very useful because it will last longer than it without it but it makes it harder to work with. The wax creates random pauses through your fingers and blocks the fluidity of the sewing. Slowly, I learned how to use the wax to my advantage to tighten the string around my book. All this “trial and error” of such a simple object did become frustrating after a few tries but I’m glad i learned this very fun skill. Doing it with such knowledgeable and kind people also makes it better. I also had much fun recording the experience. As I sewed the book, I was able to record myself and create a time lapse video (a type of video that records long spans of time and shortens them to a few seconds). It was very fun to view my progress and learn from my mistakes for the next time. Maddie was able to help me with the creation of the pattern for the stitch, which came out much nicer than I would’ve ever expected. I look forward to learning how to make different patterns for future books.
A teacher selects a pupil, but a book does not select its teachers, who may be wicked or stupid
Jorge Luis Borges
As I read Jorge Luis Borges’ “On the Cult of Books” out loud, I realized how much control the reader has over the text. After finishing the prompt, I realized that plays are stories or books purposefully related to be read out loud and to an audience. I understand those to be the proper environment to read a text out loud. Even without realizing, the context or narrative of the author could be completely warped into a completely different experience because of the readers’ past experiences or understanding of the text. I would only feel comfortable reading a publication that was made to be read out loud by the author so that I am not overstepping a boundary. When reading the text myself, I usually interpret the writing to the best way I can understand it, but out of respect for the author and their creative aesthetic, I would only prefer the author read it to others instead of myself. The quote selected above stood out to me because of how it mirrors the power the reader has because of its ability to warp a writing however they want. This way there is respect for the author and their creation and it is not altered to be something the author did not mean or want it to be and the emphasis of the writing can be selected by the author as well.
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