The word “LOST” immediately conjured up mental images of maps in a book like an old atlas. Originally, I thought it would be cool to make an antique-looking map of an ancient civilization wrapped up in a scroll. I wasn’t quite sure how this might qualify as a “book” exactly so I tried to broaden the idea to include the Turkish Fold and I changed the theme to space. I think I did this because space is the new frontier (of media and literature), and we don’t use maps in the quite the same way when star-gazing. I soon realized it isn’t actually as easy as you might think to find a square map of the stars (most of them are circular), and I wanted the map to fit the frame of the page. Eventually, I found a simple version of what I was looking for.
Then, I selected some paper from my stacks. I stuck with the antique-theme. I used some marbled brown paper for the inside and an off-black cardstock for the cover. For the cover title, I cut out the letters from the cardstock and glued white paper behind it. I wrote my name in black sharpie, and I think the white/black/off-black combo has a cool effect. On the inside, I pasted the words “How do you get from here…to…there?” in white text on black paper as a reflection of a question my book might ask. The Turkish fold is quite simple if you keep the folds straight, and I saw there are some cool, more complex variations of it (from doing some research online).
I like the final product because it mixes the classical and modern styles I couldn’t decide between. The look and feel of the old page contrasts with the astrological names of stars and the modern cover. If I could improve it, I would have used more distressed-looking, antique-style paper. Regarding the text, my intention wasn’t for this book to state anything declaratively. I guess I went with the poetic approach because you’re more likely to ask a question like this when you’re lost.
Posted on behalf of Drew Robison.