Thursday, December 10, 2009

Hand it Over

What do you get when you add this...



and this...


to this?


You get this...








This past summer I was lucky enough to be able to take a weekend workshop with Judy Wilkenfeld. The class focused on making books by hand with a binding that allowed for the attachment of three dimensional objects to each page. Click images to enlarge.



It was there that Handbook was born.





This has been a labour of love. And, much like the objects, I feel attached to each and every page.











Thanks to everybody who has followed along as I worked on this book. I have appreciated your wonderful feedback. And stay tuned...Handbook II is on its way!

59 comments:

ArtPropelled said...

Oh boy! Am i in love with this book or what!!! Seth it really is the most mouthwatering master piece! Well done! And roll on Handbook II!

diane said...

Sweeeet. It is indeed a labor of love, and so fun to look thru each page with you!
Thanks for sharing Seth~

Kelly Kilmer said...

Seth, it really is breathtaking.

theresa martin said...

A marvelous creation! How great to have been able to take a class with Judy too!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

This book is amazing . Juday is an amzing artist ! we took a workshop togehter several years ago in Itay.

julie Haymaker thompson said...

This book is amazing . Juday is an amzing artist ! we took a workshop togehter several years ago in Itay.

Erin in Morro Bay said...

Truly magnificent, Seth.
Erin

MrCachet said...

Every page is an eye-opener, hands down!

Lawendula said...

Amazing! Beyond words.
Only one question: what are you doing with all your art work? Your altered books etc.?

lynne h said...

seth, this is a beautiful and special book... it feels like love emanates from it...

noye studios said...

Wow! Love!!!!

Lynn said...

How interesting to see this and to see the Seth Style intertwined with the Judy Style that makes up this wonderful handbook. How fortunate for both of you to be in each others presence and share art making / learning /teaching together. The end result is terrific and I do look forward to handbook II too. ;-)

Lucky Dip Lisa said...

I think Robyn wrapped it up pretty good! Fantastic spread, fantastic skill, fantastic book!
I especially like the photo showing the profile of the book's structure. Great way to do what you did, thanks so much for sharing your book with us. Roll on number 2!

azirca said...

Wow! what a creation... absolutely magnificent!
Everything about this handbook is perfection and more!
Kudos to you.

Bea said...

Just love this Handbook. :)Bea

Kim said...

I can see why you are so attached, LOL! There's something special about constructing books, I get really attached to mine too! Wonderful creation Seth. Each and every page is fabulous and I'm not sure I have a preference either, I just love them all! Great ideas and execution and I can't wait to see the second edition!

lyle baxter said...

seth. I have to hand it to you ! you are the winner ,hands down! I love every little bit! lyle

Ange said...

It is definitely amazing. I would love to do a workshop like that!! Thanks for sharing it all!!

Mar said...

each page has it very own personality
so much for keeping the looker intriqued...
it is good there is another book "on the way" this book needs a brother!
and sister and nieces
a bookself...then put it on display

Mary said...

Oh my gosh Seth!! What a wonderful treasure this book is!! You must look at it, put it down and then grab it up again!!! Such a feast for the eyes!!

Love the "second hand" page with the heart on it!!

Seth congrats on a fabulous work of art!!!!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Oh WOW Seth! SO many adjectives flew thru my mind as I enlarged each photo! I can see why you would be attached to each exquisite page, you've really outdone yourself! Turning those pages in person must be .... fabulous!!!
Hands Down ;) this is a masterpiece

and there will be a second one you say!!!
!!!!clapping my hands!!!!

Bill Evertson said...

Just amazing! Every page looks to be a complete labor of love!

lisa_crofts said...

I am in awe of the beauty of this piece.

Lisa Hoffman said...

I....he.....you.....
it's just ......this is......
I'm so.....

La Dolce Vita said...

looking forward book two... when does book one start to tour?? really! it is Awesome!

Karin Bartimole said...

Simply exquisite Seth. The love labor is evident!

Leslie said...

It's beautiful Seth! And to think I was sitting directly across from you as it was in the beginning stages! I'm looking forward to Book II!

Lost Aussie said...

Stunning accomplishment Seth.

Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

OMG !!!
What a piece of precious !!!

Marie-Aimée said...

every page is a precious and gorgeous creation !!!

Teresa said...

Seth - this is brilliant! A priceless objet d'art. Well done.

Scott said...

This stunning book is a magnificent living thing! The pages feel alive and growing, fantastic.

ps pirro said...

Did someone say "book tour"? I've really loved watching this project come together, and the finished work is just stunning. Thanks for sharing it with us!

Marit said...

This is marvelous!!! I stared for a long time at the photo in which I could figure out (just a bit) how you bind it... that's some idea!!! Love it!!!

luthien said...

OMG!! that is breathtaking ... and i mean it! i was holding my breath when i scrolled through all the images and ended up breathless LOLZ!! my gosh ... i dunno how you do it or how your ideas come about ... but every piece you make takes my breath away ... you are just a genius!

Trudy Callan said...

Wow! What a fun and interesting book. This is an amazing work of art.

Trudy Callan said...

I'm signing up as a follower and putting you on my blog list on my art blog, www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

Arlene said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

Gillian McMurray said...

It certainly looks like a mega project. It's a big book. Love the top picture, by the way. It looks like something out of a horror film.

Thespa McLaughlin said...

W-O-W!!! That is amazing! Thank you for letting us see it. Happy Holidays

~M. Pennington said...

Wow.....I really want to learn how to make books like that XD

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

This book is BEYOND beautiful. I am in love with it and all the beautiful hands you have collected to make it so amazingly special. I've never seen another one made like that, so this was a special treat. I'm familiar with Judy's work after seeing a link on your blog during the Disintegration project. You are a great student, a wonderful artist, and owner of a book I would give my left boob for!!

sallyt said...

Wow, fantastic, Seth. Each page is more exciting than the last. Wish I could see it in person. It is so yummy!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

your gentle hands
expose the soul's wanderings
with depth and textures that reveal in quiet time...
the mystery of this man's heart.
I feel that I have been blessed
to be invited into your mind's eye...
to hear the beat of a human heartbeat sharing the intimate silence
exploding in sacred marks and vivid images and metaphors...
embracing the human hand.
Imagine and Live in Peace,
Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

ArtSnark said...

wow! very cool

stregata said...

This is so stunningly awesome, breathtaking and beautiful!!!

bockel24 said...

Now finally I see where the word fatbook comes from! Very impressive!

layers said...

wow-- you take the most fun-looking, creative inspiring workshops-- what a wonderful book-- and you know me-- love the hands...

Lumilyon said...

Totally gorgeous, fantastical, wondrous...almost too much for a poorly lady to take in at one go! Thanks for posting this Seth!

rivergardenstudio said...

Wow... this book is supurb... I especially love the sideview of the book and seeing how you bound it... just amazing... roxanne

Debrina said...

Magnificent, Seth! Truly one of the most inspiring things I've seen in blog-land. I've got to "hand" it to you, you're the maestro!

inge said...

Hello Seth,

each page is a treasure to look at !
greetings from belgium
Inge

donnaj said...

incredible! as always~

Deb said...

Seth ...
I cannot BELIEVE this book!
I would give anything to touch it but will have to be content with your virtual tour.
Anyone who hasn't discovered 'Book Art' should see this. Both you and Judy are such masters of juxtaposition.
You are such an inspiration to us - thanks for sharing this.

Deb

Judy said...

I cannot believe I just saw this only now - must be half asleep!
What can I say! Ok I have to say something... What a student! I love you interpretation and as you already know hands are placed in everyone of my commissioned books. But this is marvellous. Watching it progress has been wonderful. You must be so pleased, I am!!!
Thanks for honouring me with your presence in my class. So glad to see my little Ari doll grace his presence there too. xo

Dale said...

oooowheee! This looks really amazing seth. I love the way your personal style shows through, and the different connotations with the word 'hand' are fascinating. I love the way the hands look here. Great work.

laurel said...

Seth, love all the elements and layers of this book. Wonderful work as always.

Dee / Cloth Company said...

what a gorgeous object... mostly I love the look of the thing, but the play between word and object is nice, too.

lynda Howells said...

I LOVE YOUR WORK...thank you for sharing and giving me inspiration each time l look at your blogxx waving from london UK