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Friday, March 22, 2013

Portfolios

Students come up with some really interesting ideas for their portfolios. Here are some of the highlights from the past year:

Red book and clamshell portfolio

Multi book clamshell

Double 'a' leather clamshell

Robot portfolio

PK page book

PK page poetry book and box

Black leather portfolio with slip case

White leather portfolio



Film reel portfolio





Pocket portfolio


Randall portfolio


Friday, March 15, 2013

The Pointyhead Chronicles Part 3: Sleeping Rough in Athens


"Sleeping Rough in Athens" was a travel story written  and printed in 2009, revised in 2012. Here are some images: 







The Pointyhead Chronicles Part 2: Annabel Lee



Pointyhead Press' first photographic book, using images taken in the winter of 2011 to accompany the text of Edgar Allan Poe's "Annabel Lee." Here's an excerpt from what I wrote in the Preface that sums up the concept:

"Every November the trees of Dovercourt, like many trees all over Toronto and other cities put on their sack cloth coats in preparation for the oncoming winter. These sober garments, suggestive of funeral cerements and historically accompanied by ashes, while suitable attire for the weeping and gnashing of teeth occasioned by the demise of a loved one, frequently transform the trees in surprising ways. They take on dramatic attitudes as if aware of the potential to express through tableaux a piece of seasonally correct thatre. This winter their gaze has evidently fallen on this classic piece of cold weather poetry."







The Pointyhead Chronicles, Part 1: Voodoo Vademecum




Here are a couple images of the Voodoo Vademecum, Pointyhead Press' latest project. It was included in my 'And Still the Binder' exhibition at the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, in 2007. Here's what Maralynn Cherie had to say about it in the catalogue:

"Don Taylor has been involved in the Wunderkammern project for a number of years, creating his own fantastic objects. One example is his Voodoo Vademecum, a piece of parchment covered with signs and symbols, a breath mint tin, chicken bone and corn meal. This folded document is housed inside a small box. Here the book is interpreted as a form used by a Haitian Voodoo priest (Houngan). A ritual unfolds as the parchment is opened."

The complete catalogue can be found on my website:

http://www.dontaylorbookbinder.com/andstillthebinder.pdf

I will be revisiting other highlights from Pointyhead Press' back catalogue, but in the mean time, if you would like to find out more:

http://www.dontaylorbookbinder.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=105&Itemid=173