There is something incredibly satisfying about starting afresh. A new year – lots of resolutions. A new project – lots of ideas and hopes. And incidentally I am launching into 2016 with a new notebook, too, since I have run out of space in my old notebook.
But today I am particularly excited because I have finally done something that I had been planning to do for a long time. As you all know, I never keep the pocket shrines but always give them away. An integral part of the whole shrining process for me, is the final shoot of the finished RAPS. I love setting up my shoots, styling the product, so to speak, and then taking the images. They are the only thing I feel a need to keep. Of course they are all documented here on my blog in the presentation posts and in the shrine gallery, but I have always wanted to have a handier way of looking over them. And so I decided to give myself an early gift for my upcoming RAnniversary, i.e. the anniversary of my discovery of (and subsequent obsession over) Richard, and created a proper, printed book of the first 100 shrines. I actually had been working on it for a few months – collating the images, playing with layouts, and had been set back when I had to change laptops in between and all the formatting was lost. But today I finished the project, uploaded it to my favourite photo book printer, Blurb, and ordered a copy for myself.
The book has hardly any words, just photos of the shrines. Well, think of it as a picture book. A grown-up version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar for the RAPS fan, so to speak. 🙂 If you would like to have a look yourself, you can click through to it via the link below (click the image). In order to make it fully viewable on Blurb, I had to set it up for sale. (Unfortunately, since these photo books are printed on demand, they tend to be quite dear, even though they are available in more – or less – expensive formats as soft cover books or hard covers. It is 10″ x 8″ (25 x 20 cm) in size. But I nonetheless rewarded myself for my efforts by splashing out on a copy. I am now waiting for its arrival like waiting for the birth of a baby 😉 )
I am undecided whether the book is evidence of cheeky creativity or proof of single-minded insanity :-D. 100 miniature dioramas, all featuring the same chap. Sounds pretty mad… But yeah, I guess I quite like the bloke whose face is in every little box. Or let’s say, I appreciate his talent and I like his work. But see for yourself, have a look, have a laugh and enjoy – if anything, the book is a celebration of the fun that communal fangirling brings, as many of the shrines were made for specific recipients, and every single one has gone to a fellow fan. Maybe the images will even remind you of the individual shrines’ owners – that would bring the fandom love project full circle. ❤
I am curious myself if the future holds a part 2 of The Art of Shrining 🙂