As promised, here are the inner pages of the book—and the explanation that goes with them.

Inside cover & first spread

Each half of the book presents a contrasting set for the viewer to ponder. Two women’s faces sit beneath an illustration that incorporates he “random word” phrase. One one side is a magazine photo of a model—representing the deception side of the concept. On the other side is the face of a woman in my life I respect—mother, grandmothers, friend.

Flipping past the first spread. Only one side can be opened.

As the viewer tries to flip past the photo pages, he finds that the page with a photo of the honorable women can be opened and view. The viewer can consider her, take time looking at the photo. The page with the model is encased in the vellum and cannot be viewed more closely—the dangerous thing is held back from view and one has to flip past without pausing to reflect on the deceit that the image represents. I was intending this aspect of the construction of the book to be a tangible interpretation of “consider this type of woman, keep away from this other type” and also to create different timing movements throughout the book.

For the rest of the pics and explanation, keep reading after the jump!

Also contrasted on the pages are phrases from the advertisements the models were in and phrases from the book of Proverbs that praise or describe righteous women. Four sets of faces and phrases exist in four signatures in the book (two signatures bound to each spine).

Proverbs 31:31 "Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates."

 

"Maybe she's It"

I would have done a few things differently throughout the book—the main thing being finding a more translucent vellum. Other vellums I have used before have been very transparent, but this particular vellum made it hard to see through the pages to the faces. I wanted a certain aspect of opacity for the illustrated pages, but you can’t see the model’s faces at all, which was not intentional. Also, I’m still trying to decide as to whether the enclosed and open pages with the women’s faces were effective or not. Overall, I was pleased with the attempt.

Full inside spread—ad phrase, model, friend, proverb

 

the "ad phrases" were small collages made from by cutting up the ad copy. Assembled digitally.

Proverbs 31:28 "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:"

 

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