I know, I know… はい、分かった。。。
Yes, I realize that it’s been a hell of a while since I last posted but it’s been a hell of a time for me since the last post; I was job hunting. Not the most relaxing pursuit at the best of times, even less so when you’re in a country not your own and deportation looms should you be unfortunate enough not to get anything. I’d been reassured on several fronts that I had nothing to worry about but, unlike the people doing the reassuring, I had been in this situation before and it didn’t end well so I had all good reason to be apprehensive. Thankfully, all ended well and it would appear that my next employer will be considerably better than one I’m leaving.
During that time, I didn’t do much other than send out resumes, do follow-up calls and go to interviews. Oh, and worry. A lot. The one artistic pursuit I tried to complete was the album for my parents to commemorate their 50th wedding anniversary last year. At that time, I had taken portraits of all the people in attendance with the aim of creating said memento. I finally got it finished and they were thrilled with it. Not too many people realize that I hand make books and have been doing so for 15 years or so. Generally, I do travel diaries for myself or photo albums for friends, all hand stitched and covered in a variety of materials though I’m partial to Japanese papers and sometimes leather. I’ve posted photos below of the anniversary album and of some of the travel diaries I’ve made over the last couple years. I’m not good at remembering to take pictures of them and one particular friend of mine has been giving me grief about it (yeah, you know who you are).
Speaking of pictures, it’s going to be a bit more of a wait before I get some up here as it’s summer holidays soon and I’ll be away for a while. Other than back home to Vancouver, I’m not going to say where else at the moment so it’ll be a surprise when I do finally get some images up here. So, have a good summer and I’ll be back in a month or so with more photos (and maybe some video too).