It was in the making awhile, this one. I had the leather piece for another journal but then opted to change it for some reason or another. It was for a custom order and I had a feeling the leather was a little too on the straggly side for her journal. So, I set it aside. However, whenever it came into view, I'd get this little feeling inside me of wanting to use it, create with it, and make it something else.
I guess I felt in a way, like I'd let it down. I felt sorry for it, sitting there in a pile, with other pieces of leather yet to be used.
But what about me?
Those of you who know me and how I work will be aware that I am unashamedly guilty of personifying my subjects. Whether it be a book, a piece of leather, an object, a flower or decaying leaf. We are all one, after all, is my belief, so this may stem from that.
Eventually it got the better of me, and I fell into absorption when I found that some paper I was staining fitted the cover perfectly. Everything else got pushed to the side. It was like I was in a tunnel with this creation, that I already knew I would call The Vagabond. And because of its name, I got break to all boundaries and then some.
I think I'm going to go ahead with more of this experimental work, for it was very well received. This book sold within 10 hours, and in that time accumulated 15 hearts. When I sent it off to the USA, I felt it smiling.
I look forward to making some crazy journals.
Just for kicks.
You can read more about the specifications of this journal HERE.