So, I thought it apropos to kick off a new (more dedicated, more consistent!) blog season with a follow-up to my last book project, Specimens. I challenged myself to do a miniature–and yes, “miniature” has some rules. In the book world, to be classified as truly mini, you must be smaller than three inches in every direction. Tiny is difficult for me, but I’d registered for a Miniature Book Conclave and wanted to take something to show and sell. Ergo, miniature insect books.
The premise is simple: Imagine a narrator, in love with an entomologist. She finds herself compared to insects, generally of a poisonous or carnivorous nature. Such as a mantis, a monarch, a grasshopper nymph, and a lightning bug (oh yes, that flashing is not just to attract a mate). Still feeling confined by the 3-inch rule, I used a single-sheet folding structure that allowed for a 6″ x 12″ image to be cut and folded down to a book just a hair under 3″ square. Text from the below image reads:
So the end product went with me to Asheville, NC for the annual Miniature Book Society conclave. And let me tell you, there is something to be said for making miniature books…they are incredibly easy to pack and tote around hotel lobbies. The MBS soon became one of my favorite groups of book people, too. They are a small and friendly group of bibliophiles, and when my friend Kerri and I arrived, they swarmed around us and said, “The Makers are here!” Apparently the MBS is comprised of more collectors and aficionados that book artists and “makers,” and so they were very interested in hearing how Kerri and I made our editions. These were lovely people–I don’t think I’ve ever felt so welcomed at a conference before–and the array of books that people were making and collecting were a delight to see. (And they were serious about that 3-inch rule–I had buyers break out a pocket ruler to check my math.) This year they’re meeting in Vancouver, and believe me, I’m saving my spare change in the piggy bank…and thinking of my next tiny edition.