I dug around and found a few of the pieces that I remember doing for the Kathrn Johnson Mix Tape of the Month Club years and years ago. They all had cake, pie and cheese as a theme, along with women, and what was bouncing around in my mind about what it meant to be a woman in the US at the time.
I always included a letter:
I’ve always had a bizarre fascination with laminating. I have no idea where I got it from. Laminating can get a little pricey, so I would do what I called “poor art girl laminating”, which was using a really good, thick, clear packing tape, and putting it over just small parts of the finished piece. As an art teacher, I now have access to real laminating machines! OH! It’s heavenly to be able to laminate pieces of artwork with thick laminate!
Acquiesce. I’m so surprised that I actually spelled that word correctly. I bet I had to look it up seventeen times before I actually got it right. The reference is to Apollo and Daphne. Apollo wants Daphne. Daphne doesn’t want Apollo. Apollo chases Daphne. Daphne begs her river god father to save her, and she gets turned into a tree.
I was designing and binding a lot of books by hand at the time, and I decided to include a small book in with this mix tape selection. I still cannot figure out how I did the lattice-work stitching to bind this little book together. I think I did an edition of ten of them, I can’t remember. I do remember using a pencil eraser and a lavender ink pad for the page numbers.
I have actual cassette tapes with inserts that I also designed and illustrated as well, but I can’t find them. They’re buried somewhere in the storage closet I’m sure. It’s so strange to go back and look at artwork that you did years and years ago. Sometimes I think, “That’s not half bad.” and other times, I cringe and think “Oh God. Why did I do that?!?!?” I’m not sure yet where these pieces fall.