A massive thank you to Ama Bolton for posting about blizzard books on her Barley Books blog the other week (see her post for 3rd August). As soon as I saw the phenomenal work that appears on her site I knew I wanted to have a go. And it struck me that these little folded gems are ideal for housing a few haiku.
I made the one above out of some left over lining paper (good quality – I begged it off my Mum). The paper’s quite thick for folding but great for wet on wet watercolour. My illustrations are … well, let’s just say abstract! I wrote a haiku beside each tiny painting and slotted the cards into the folds. I’m no artist, but I do like that feeling of being absorbed in the work, the sort of feeling you get when you’re creating something new. I’m not sure I experience quite the same thing when I’m writing, possibly because it’s less physical somehow.
It’s worth mentioning here that the more haiku I write, the more present I feel – in contrast to the ‘zone’ or ‘mind space’ I need to enter when I’m writing longer poems, or prose. And because haiku are short, they seem to leave more time for actual living. My daily observations and experiences feed directly into the writing in what seems to be a perfect circle/ cycle of life-writing-life. Of course, this is an oversimplification of the process, but hopefully you get my drift. Haiku are less dependent on the imagination, more engaged with reality. Anyway, I digress.
The other blizzard book, below, is made out of gift wrap, with haiku printed out to save time. I can see how double sided paper would work even better. As I’ve said already, there’s some brilliant work on Ama Bolton’s site, so do take a look and see how it inspires you. I’ve linked to the same tutorial as Ama, in case you can’t find it – just click here.