I had it in mind to use a drum-leaf binding because of the small size of the sheets that I'd marbled. I thought that this would reveal the unique nature of each page, and in turn suggest the changing nature of the salt marsh and the tumbling display of a marsh harrier.
However, the book felt too small, too enclosed . . . I wanted a feeling of empty space and expansiveness.
My desire to create a book reflecting the mutability of a watery landscape (which is always subject to change) prompted me to think again.
Handwriting, by its nature variable, would add an element of flux that print wouldn't and hand-printing stencils vary each time they are printed, so would further this effect, but subtly.
I set to and soon had a series of proofs waiting to be bound . . .
The format of this book is slightly larger and concertina bound.
Alongside the negative space on the page, the effect of opening out a concertina bound book also suggests a sense of space, and I liked the effect. Although if I'm honest, this may not be the final incarnation of Hinterland . . . I feel something more is required, but as of yet I don't know what.
Maybe a change of scale . . . or paper . . .