The Book: A Ship of Thought, How Books Carry the Human Soul, 2011, is a book of poetry and collage about the magic of books and reading. There are 12 copies in this hand-lettered edition. The text is by Emily Dickinson* and Theodore Parker. Each accordion book is made of one length of transparent vellum paper folded to hold nine paste paper collages and text. The Japanese style boxes are covered in shades of green, blue, and purple paste paper. Both collages and box are decorated with postal stamps of ships, lighthouses, maps, and books.
The Process: Joelle Webber of Mermaid Bindery created the accordion book and box design. She based the book design on a fold by Hedi Kyle. Each collage fits into a fold on one side of the accordion and the text shows through the transparent paper on the other side. A collage tucked under the vellum serves as the book cover and another as the back cover of the book. Nancy lettered the book text in an italic hand and made the paste paper.
The Box: We covered the boxes entirely in paste paper. The papers were glued onto both sides of 4-ply archival board and cut to size. Joelle used hinges of thin Japanese papers to connect the box pieces. She created a clasp by cutting a slit in the top side flap of the box to fit over a small button sewn onto the bottom flap.
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*Source: Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of Amherst College from THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON, Thomas H. Johnson, ed./ Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright© 1951, 1955, 1979, 1983 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.