Project 50 – Week 6
Concept: Deco Books
This week I’m combining both a
item and photography! This week I am going to talk about (and show
off) Deco Art Books! All the Deco books that I will be showing were
hand-crafted by Theresa. Artistic Deco books, a close cousin to
Books” (or FBs), are in essence, small handmade books that are decorated
and customized by people all over the world.
book starts with a basic theme, sometimes
vague like “Vintage Sailors” or “Tree of Life” and sometimes very
like “Steven King Books” or “Fluffy Bunnies”. The creator makes
a small book (around 4-10 small pages for easy mailing) and decorates
cover (front and back) in the chosen theme and designates who the book
is being made for (either the original creator or someone else - making it a really unique and interesting gift). There is no restriction on what
can be used; fabric, paper, ribbons, photos, textiles, brads, etc – but
it’s important to remember that this book will be need to travel via the
various global mail systems, so try and keep weight in mind. On the
back cover, Theresa likes to include her name and contact information.
Once the book is started, it is packaged up and shipped off to the
next artist to decorate one of the pages! How one selects who to
mail the Deco can be almost as much fun as making it in the first place!
Perhaps you just send it to a friend and ask them (once they are
done decorating a page) to send it to another friend, et cetera, until
all the pages are filled. Once all of the pages have been decorated,
the last 'signer' ships the Deco back to the person it was made for
creator or giftee) who then gets to experience everyone’s artistic
of the theme.
There are also many Deco groups on the
with folks from all over the world who are looking to trade Deco books.
Lastly, if you are feeling really brave and adventurous, you can
send the Deco book to someone random and hope that they continue with
fun (if you decide you want to try this route, I might suggest you send
it to someone in an art-related field with a short page of instructions
on what to do with it – otherwise they might be really confused!). Deco
books are a great way to connect with other artist as well as share your
work in ways (and places) that you would never have thought of. It’s
also fine if you want to start a bit smaller, such as a local craft
or just your friends and family.
I like to think of Deco books as small
“Art Passports” that get to go on interesting and amazing trips and when
they get back they can share their journey with you via other folk’s
If you are interested in sharing a Deco
us or receiving one, just drop us an email and you can get involved!