This is a drop spine or clamshell box. The walls are double thick partly for durability and partly because I like the proportions of the thick short walls. I use this as my portfolio for my photographic work. Its one of the few things on here that has not been given away.
I know its a side note but, I think one should at least for a little while live with and use the things one makes. I find that my impulse to always “fix” or fiddle with the things I make can be very destructive. The process of using my creations is teaching me that is important to call something finished and let it just be the way it. This probably sounds self evident to everybody but for me its a big deal. The “maker” in me is a constant critic, which to a degree is a good thing, but it also holds me back a lot. Anyway…I do like this box. If pressed I could walk you through all its problems and technical short comings, but I will resist the urge as long as possible.
A while back I made this for my wife. She picked out the paper and just told me to do something with it. I figured this two part box would be useful for her, and the text on the front had been on my mind, due to the fact that it might be, three more winters until I get to go home (a whole other story). I was really committed to the whole screen printing thing. The box is pretty straight forward, and so is the screen printing, if you know what you are doing. That is the key phrase in this post, IF YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. If I knew what I was doing I would have know that a screen print will not render fine detail on a heavily textured cloth. I did not know that. I do now. This one took some serious gumption to finish.
For today. This is a storage and display box, that I made for a friend in Ca. He shoots a lot of instant type film so i made this box so it would fit several different types of instant film (fuji instax, polaroid 600, and SX-70) . I used leather that was salvaged from an old leather briefcase to make the little pull tabs. I had to sort of pare down the leather for the tabs so it would all fit together and feel nice. Overall I think it is a pretty handsome little guy. Enjoy
Today I will be working on a design for a Cigarette case.