Sketchbook Spreads

by Hannahspeltbackwards

Some more snippets from my sketchbook.  This butterfly image comes from some photographs I took of butterfly corpses that lay on the roof of my tent this summer.  They became trapped between the tent and the fly, and we only noticed them when we went to sleep and saw their sillouettes in the moonlight.  It’s so bittersweet that they forget how to fly down, and only keep flying up and up until they are disoriented and exhausted.  Would they have died anyway? How long is a butterfly’s life span? I gathered up the little bodies when we packed up camp, and used one to sketch its patterns.  They are just common Monarch butterflies, but now that they are imortalised in my sketchbook, they won’t be forgotten!  Oh and there is a tupperware container of them in my lounge room…that is waiting for inspiration.  If you like butterflies, you should take a peep at Bobby’s photography.

The sketchbook also gave me a chance to play a little with popups, which is something I had been hoping to do for the Don’t Quit Your Day Job exhibition (But deadlines overcame me and I realised that I need to take one idea and focus on it rather than spread my efforts too thin across several poorly executed ideas – thus the pillowcases won over popups). I have been wanting to play with tunnel books to create a sleeping scene with some of my People I’ve Slept With images, but the sketchbook was practically ready made for this kind of layering. So I cut the pages to put Kate’s sleeping head amongst piles of sheets.  The page layering also worked to recreate the cluttered atmosphere of Marsh’s Free Museum’s oddities (the taxidermy pic).

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