Here is how the crane-y goodness all came together, and just in time for my dear friend Leslie’s birthday. I finished so close to the wire that I had to borrow it back from her for a little while so I could take some pictures of it after the fact.
I used to be so organized . . .
Anyway, here are a few shots of the finished product, my take on the story of the crane wife, in haiku, with (shall we say “primitive”?) brush paintings and an origami crane from a stamp I carved. Unlike the last book I made (which I’ll show here soon–I seem to be doing everything backwards), which was an edition of 10 copies, each hand-illustrated one by one, the crane book is a one-off. I’m still trying to figure out how to make a couple more copies without falling down dead, but for now Les owns the entirety of the first edition. Collectors, take note (hee hee).
The front (I forgot to include an item like a coin in the photo to help you visualize the scale of the piece–the covers are 4.5 x 4.5″):
A front view, with the book unfolded:
The title page:
The back cover:
And my favorite part, the last page/inside back cover:
The project was so much fun, though there were frustrating moments, such as the ones spent folding many successively smaller cranes until I did one that fit under the glass in this shadow box. Whew! Happy birthday again, Leslie.