"Shy is the oyster, fervent is the clam, peaceful is the ocean floor rocked by the sands of time."
An ode to mama ocean.... from an oyster shell of the Ostreidae family discovered on the ocean floor off the coast of Orcas Island, a beautiful and sculptural oyster shell hand bound book
A little taste of mama ocean that will fit in the palm of an adult sized hand
This listing is for the 2nd edition of the oyster shell book
The shell in this posting is the actual one you will receive
This book's covers are constructed from an oyster shell that holds the signatures and is bound with linen thread
Book spreads open as far as shown in top photo; book does not lay flat when opened, rather it holds the form of the shell
Recently I was asked about my source for shells.....
As with all my books and artistic projects (and this extends to all areas of my life as well) I take into account the affect my work has on nature and Earth. I have a deep respect for life. This shell (and any other I may work with) is never take alive. I find shells that are cast up on the beach that are often broken halves that I put together. The intent of this book is to inspire others to think of what is offered to them by Earth, nature, animal/plant life, etc.
Approx. 144 blank pages of white lightly specked 100% recycled text weight paper that was hand cut to reflect the natural contours of the clam shell
Hand stitched with bees waxed linen thread in a variation of Coptic binding
Measures approximately 3" x 3-3.5" x 2.5" (Please allow a range in size)
A beautiful journal for recording your thoughts of the sea and/or for displaying in your home as an art piece
All books are signed and dated. This book is an original design by Odelae
This book was built the old world way using hand tools: awl, needle & thread, ruler, bone folders, manual hole punch & a steel blade. Made with careful consideration for the environment, a little imagination and lots of love slipped between the covers
Where ever in this world you call home ~ Let me know your location and I'll be happy to provide you with more shipping details
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Design exclusive to Odelae 2012