Of course I didn't come back home from a book fair empty-handed! That would be impossible. Although I made my best finds from the market square (1€/book), not the fair area. Old school books mostly. I've already cut out some of my favorite images and put them on my inspiration board. It's never been this pretty!
Brooch by Karen, vase by Hemtex. Images: Russian revolutionaries in a boat, British mother with her babies, instructions on how to bind an arterial wound in arm, "do not sit like this". You can guess what my posture is like.
I was at Turku International Book Fair on Saturday. Book fair time means that you can't fight back, the summer is long gone and you should start thinking about Christmas presents. And today has been the most autumny day yet this year. It's cold, rainy and pitch black outside. I think I've got the flu coming or something else nasty. This was my 7th time at the book fair and it was like taking a time machine back to 2001. Who would have thought I would get bored among books? Despite the crowd and tiredness I bought three books: Roald Dahl's Rakkaani, kyyhkyläiseni (which includes short stories from the books Someone Like You and Kiss Kiss), Kello 0 (a selection of Latin-American poetry) and the selected poems of the Finnish poet Jyrki Pellinen. I thought all of these books were exceptionally beautiful, so they got to go home with me. Dahl's book was printed in 1961, the others in the 70's. Beautiful colors, stylish cover design and lovely, soft pages. Today all books look so American, no matter where they are made. And someone seems to have decided that it's ok for a book to fall apart after it has been read once.
Botany book is all chopped and only one more book needs to be sewn. Maybe I'll sew it while watching Kill Bill vol.2 on TV tonight. There's a serious lack of energy somewhere around here. Ideas are bursting, but nothing gets done.