I love the versatility of accordion books. You can stand them up like little sculptures:
Or unfurl them:Or just hold them in your hand and turn the pages, like a regular little booklet:
I stitched that blue thread down the side of the right-hand page to conceal an accidental extra fold in the paper. Now it's my favorite part, and I wish I had time to add a row of stitching to every book. Just as I write in my artist's statement,"In every painting [or book-making project, in this case] I reach a point where disaster seems imminent. The process of rescuing the image, of turning the disaster around, yields the most exciting and surprising parts of my work."
Even if I don't hear back from any publishers, I like to think that I'm sending some good cheer out into the universe. "Hello, stranger. Have this little present. I made it just for you.....Want to hire me?"