For the visual vocabulary book, the task was to illustrate 14 principles and elements of design. There were several ways of putting the images together. I chose Japanese book binding because it seemed challenging and interesting. I included the main components of a Japanese binding book. However, I did the binding a bit differently to make my book stand out a bit.
Illustrating the principles and elements in such a way that the image defines itself is a bit challenging. The element/principle I found most difficult illustrating was unity. Unity becomes apparent in art when the combination of elements in a piece form a balanced, harmonious and complete whole. Unity in a piece is what makes the work pleasing to the eye. In the beginning, this definition was very vague and I continuously illustrated it incorrectly. Now, however, the definition of unity is much more clear.
The most difficult part of the craftsmanship of the book was the construction of both the front and back cover. Cutting out the cardboard was pretty easy compared to everything else. Poking holes into the rectangle part of the book was moderately difficult because, since the holes are so small, cutting them out and making sure they came out without teary edges was challenging. The most difficult part of the construction process was taping the cover up, the rectangle and the square covers. Due to an unfortunate deprivation of sleep and my already weak understanding of crafting, taping that altogether seemed really confusing at the time, even though it now seems more simple than I originally saw it.
I think the purpose of constructing this visual vocabulary book is pretty clear. We constructed this to not only show we understand the elements and principles of design, but so we can have it engraved in our brain in such a manner that these elements and principles will be apparent in all of our future pieces. Also, we constructed this into a book so our craftsmanship continues to grow rather than get weak.