I created the above book as a gift to my father, whom I have not heard from in more than a decade. Obviously, writing to him and creating this representation of who I now am–when we last spoke, I was in high school; I’m now a thirty-year old woman, married and experiencing the trials and tribulations of my own family–was extremely personal. Not only in words, but in the act of making something with my own hands, I was trying to show and share who I am and what I value.
The individual book pages were made from cardboard, rubbed with sandpaper, then given a couple of layers of gesso. A letter I had written my father provided the draft for the book, and I sketched out various ideas or elements from that letter as the unique pages. The actual text of the letter was incorporated into the pages, often hidden in pockets, envelopes, or behind a door-type mechanism.
Not only did this technique allow the pages to have a strong visual presence (ie, not bogged down by paragraphs of text), but it also communicated both the sense of me revealing the person I am today and the participatory nature of not only the letter, but also any father-daughter relationship moving forward.
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Thanks for reading!