A peek at my book project in process - creating the case study 'envelopes'
Have you heard of the #areyoubookenough book art challenge? It's a fabulous monthly book art community challenge to create a book based on a theme for the month. You can learn much more about it at the Editions Studio website HERE. Be sure to sign up for notifications so you can join the fun!
There are MANY amazing book artists I've connected with since I began to participate in the challenge in November last year. Many of these book artists are well seasoned book binders with excellent skills, who execute great books with brilliant concepts and structures...
Once upon a time, I remember feeling like I was an amateur swimming in a sea of professionals and feeling unhappy about my inadequate skills to keep up. This time, I feel like I am swimming in a sea of peers at all levels, that we all have something to contribute, that we all have something we can learn from each other.
This book artist community is truly heartwarming, and as result, I felt safe in my choice to execute my concept for this months theme - SECRET.
Testing an unusual material for elements of my book - plastic cereal bags!
For sometime, I've been wanting to create a book that plays with the idea of 'being transparent', and the idea of 'open secrets', a play on the phrase "it's no secret that..."
I've also wanted to play with an idea I'd seen in the craft book "The Elemental Journal" - on page 49 there are examples of lovely journal pages made using recycled cereal bags! They lend a soft transparency to view the lovely ephemera contents held within...
But loveliness and softness would NOT be an element of my book for this challenge!
I've previously written of people in my world that have been hurtful, and I've 'bitten back' in my own way here in the safety of my blog, which I have to say was quite satisfying! But there have been other hurtful people I need to process my feelings about so I can release the resentments to move forward...
About two years ago I participated in a training to become a Grief Recovery Specialist. It was one of the most powerfully healing things I've ever done, and the tools I learned in my training, I continue to use to process my pain when I feel a loss of trust or a betrayal. This tool is incorporated in the concept of this book...
The process of processing one's feelings of loss begins with the 'relationship graph'...
My book entry is titled "Open Secret", because it is generally an 'open secret' that the people who make up this book are people I do not like and try to avoid whenever possible, due to the toxic negativity they emit.
They are labeled 'case studies' in this book, as there are individual envelopes containing a relationship graph and a letter of completion that brings an end to the relationship as it was. The letter allows me to say what I need to say, good or bad, and it allows me to close the relationship, as it was, so I can choose to move forward in the relationship, knowing that who they are WILL NOT CHANGE.
Transparent envelope for 'Case No. 4'...
I can also choose to not move forward with the relationship if I feel that my needs will not be met, due to any negative behavior previously exhibited from the 'case study' in question.
'Case No. 4' is sealed but the seal is easily opened...if you dare to read the contents within!
Needless to say, some of my letters include highly vulgar language I generally do not use here on my blog...that is not to say that I do not approve of vulgar language, but that kind of 'salty' language is best kept for in person conversations! ;)
Constructing the storage 'file' box to house all the 'case studies' that will eventually fill this box
I've done this grief recovery process on numerous occasions, and there are still other 'case studies' I need to process, so I can finally consign them to the "Open Secret" case file.
For this book entry, I have made a total of 9 case study envelopes, so I formulated my case file to house them, with the possibility of a little more room to hold any other 'case studies' that cross my path in the future, because I've learned that one is never really finished with people who exhibit bad or negative behavior...
The full title of my book entry is:
Case Studies of Selfishness, Manipulation and Traumatic Cruelty of the Toxic Negative Personality*
Case studies** include techniques for clearing pain caused by the Toxic Negative Personality
Completed book for submission for the May AYBE challenge with the theme SECRET
I like to invite the viewer to consider interacting with many of my book creations and this months theme is no exception, but as previously stated:
Open content at your own risk! Foul language is involved, therefore, no one under the age of 18 is permitted to open the contents contained within this book!
Break the case study file seal if you dare! ;)
If you would like to learn more details about the Grief Recovery Method, please visit their website to learn more about the method and where to find a specialist in your area, if you feel the need to process any loss you are currently suffering. There are over 40 different types of loss we can experience in our lives, starting in childhood. It's never too late to process the pain of loss and reclaim some Joy in your life!
Thanks for visiting my blog and reading about my creative adventures! I hope you enjoyed learning about my process for the Are You Book Enough Challenge of artful book making!
I'll be back to share about some of the previous books I've made for the challenge soon, so stay tuned!
* - PLEASE note, I am NOT an expert on personality disorders, this label is one I created for the purposes of this art book! But it's possible it might exist ;)
** - I use the term 'case study' though sometimes it seems the people in these files are more like a 'basket case'! (insert eyeroll here!)