I’d like to do a book based on one of the stories from Ander Monson’s Other Electricities. I’m still having some trouble deciding which story I want to use, though. I like Monson’s style of writing and I like that the collection can be read all at once, almost like a novella, or in sections. It would be cool to set up the book like that – unfolded, it could all be read together in a cohesive piece, and folded up, each section could stand alone.
There are several diagrams of electrical parts throughout Monson’s collection, which would be a fun thing to work into the book. It’d be great to find actual parts and pieces of radios, etc., but I don’t know if I’ll go that route. However, if I decide to get stuff from a craft store and work it into a theme of electricity/machinery, I’m thinking it might look a little too steampunk-y. Not necessarily a bad thing, but not exactly what I want. I’d like to concentrate on incorporating the electrical diagram, perhaps making the whole piece an accurate representation of such a diagram.
I like the idea of doing an accordion book, magic book, or snake book – I like the idea of it looking a little bit like instructions. Since the forms are fairly similar, I should need the same supplies for whichever form I decide on: paper (already purchased), glue (if I do an accordion), ink, and perhaps wire (or whatever electrical component I decide to incorporate). I have most of these things already, so the cost will only come from wire, which shouldn’t be more than $5 – $10.
Production will take place on weekends. So this upcoming weekend (2/23, 2/24) will be spent trimming paper, shopping for design elements, and experimenting with everything until I have a mock-up and general idea of my next steps. The next weekend (3/2, 3/3) will be spent putting together the final copies for class. In the days leading up to class, I will have time to make any necessary corrections.