brick by brick

Brick weights/LauraWythe

My friend had a friend lay square bricks in a circle at the far end of her beautiful back garden. It looks like it’s always been there.

There were left-over bricks, and I don’t usually work with bricks, but “borrowed” a few to use as weights for a bookmaking class I’m taking though CEG London. The rough surface needed covered, so I pulled out the thickest felt on hand and made some of those geometry nets like we did in school. I attached the edges by blanket stitching first, then weaving a thick thread though to join the seams and seal the brick up inside. The joining is based on a technique I saw at a Textile Museum of Canada exhibit featuring Central American weaving and clothing.

Brick by brick, I’m approaching the new techniques required for book making, trying to understand. And this finished book cover looks good after a day of rest beneath the felted brick.

In Praise of Ironing (Pablo Neruda)
2019 Laura Wythe
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2 thoughts on “brick by brick

  1. Charlotte Fleming says:

    I was lucky enough to see ‘In Praise Of Ironing’ first hand and be amazed by this little hand made booklet. So glad I was able to provide those few bricks from my ‘conversation circle’ in the back yard. It tickles me to know they have been gentrified…scrubbed clean and now wearing their lovely felt coats and enjoying a whole new career in bookmaking. Your talents seem endless my dear lady!
    Charlotte

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