The story begins with these: interests in bookbinding and flip-books, and a list of words which have other words within them (example: g[host]). All these elements existed for years independently, but collided when I wondered: "What could it look like if I took these words and created a flip-book, with common letters linking them together?" For over ten years I'd collected these words with the idea of one day doing something with them, and finally, this felt like a fit.
The result: the Book of Words. An exploration in bookbinding, lettering, watercolour, and paper-cutting. It was something I would chip away on over a period of months, often with long breaks in-between.
The first thing to do was to narrow down which words to use, and determine their order. Since I was making a book with one word per page, I needed the total number of words to be divisible by four, otherwise I'd be left with blank pages at the back of the book. For binding, I chose an exposed stitch with beads to add character.
The words selected and their order don't have any particular meaning, rather they invite creating your own story (or not ascribe any meaning, if you'd prefer!). The focus was to have a whole chain of words, regardless if the connections are logical or nonsensical. After much rearranging, the order was set.
The rest of the process looked like this:
Below are photos of every page in the book. And if you've gotten this far, I hope you enjoyed seeing this project and feel inspired to pursue your own personal projects, just for the fun of it!
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