Someone, please save me from myself.
I had a pretty serious teaching schedule this weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday were all devoted to separate full-day workshops in London. When this happens I try to declare Monday as New Saturday. It is surprisingly difficult to do. Emails still come in, there is work to be done, and before long the guilt takes over and New Saturday shifts back into Monday so quietly I don’t even notice. This time, however, I was wiped out and determined that New Saturday would survive. I had big plans to lie on my tummy and eat snacks all day.
But then the complete dork that lives inside of me took over, and I spent the whole day making the box of my dreams.
Yeah, that’s right. It is a box full of boxes. But it gets worse.
It actually is a box full of box-making teaching models
showing all of the cuts that must be made for perfect corners for a variety of box forms.
Like this one, the standard box tray:
which is nestled sweetly into the clamshell box tray:
Have you noticed that I have made all of the walls of double thickness so that the cuts are easier to see? Of course you did! Both of those boxes contain the slip case model, complete with a variant covering on the other side:
And what is a slip case but a perfect place to keep a model of a partitioned box?
I swear to you it was the best New Saturday ever. But just as I adhered the inset label into the cloth covered case with a button clasp, I realized that I had (GASP) forgotten one of my go-to box forms and now, even now, I am contemplating a whole new box of boxes, which includes this other box and perhaps has each box covered in tyvek rather than ingres for added strength and durability and how big will I make it and should I include a compartment for various clasps and attachments and oh god SOMEONE COME AND TAKE ME TO THE MOVIES OR SOMETHING.
I owe a big thanks to my students from this Sunday’s solander/clamshell box workshop at the London Centre for Book Arts. They listened so patiently to my description of the box of box models that I’ve always wanted to make that I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. Anyway, they were no slouch box makers themselves, look at their boxes! Thanks guys. I did it! I made it!
I’ve got a few more box courses coming up before Christmas. Check the workshops page if you want to come along and see my box of box models in person. Also I am thrilled to say that I’ll be teaching a two week box-making class at Penland School of Crafts next August. A two week box-making course! I can’t wait.
UPDATE! I made that last box and put it in the partitioned box. I just can’t be stopped.