Blue Moons

Blue Moons was created as an assignment for a Book Arts class at the Corcoran College of Art. The assignment was to create a piano hinge book, a book structure in which signatures are interlaced and held together by rods or skewers in an exposed binding. I chose to illustrate song lyrics that alluded to colors, assigning a different color to each signature of the book.

The 31 illustrations (30 plus cover) were created in under two weeks… an ambitious goal, but a necessary one since the entire book needed to be completed in three weeks. I had also decided that spontaneity and immediacy were qualities I wanted to achieve in the artwork, so the compressed time frame actually worked in my favor.

Because of the positive reactions to the artwork, I decided to re-create the book in two additional, different bindings: a case bound book and an oversized coptic-stitch binding. The original piano-hinge book and the casebound book are each 5.75″ square, while the coptic-stitch book is much larger: 12.75″ square, and quite heavy.

The books subsequently found their way into three different gallery shows, accompanied by a full suite of 31 framed prints, and three of the illustrations were honored by being selected for the Society of Illustrators 2008 juried exhibition.

 

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Blue Moons, large coptic-stitch version
This version consists of 22 4-page signatures. The pages are Rives BFK printmaking paper, with tipped-in plates printed on Moab Entrada paper.


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This 12.75 x 12.75 version features a coptic-stitch binding designed for single-sheet signatures.


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Each spread features an excerpted song lyric and a tipped-in plate.


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The introductory spread. When open, the book is 25.5″ wide.


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A sample spread, featuring Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”


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Another sample spread, featuring Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s “Man with a Red Right Hand”


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Another sample spread, featuring Tommy James’s “Draggin’ The Line”


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One of three gallery showings featuring the artwork from Blue Moons. Two of the shows were solo shows; the third, in the Corcoran’s Gallery 31, was a group show.


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The artwork from the book was editioned in a signed and numbered, limited edition of 15 prints each.


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Blue Moons, original version and casebound version Here’s the book in its original piano hinge binding (left), and the case bound version. The books are 5.5″ x 5.5″ square. Piano hinge bindings are typically done with rods or skewers; this version of Blue Moons is bound with bass guitar strings.


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A sample spread of the 5.5″ x 5.5″ casebound book, featuring Pink Floyd’s “Echoes”

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